On Thursday evening, former WVU star right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah threw another gem for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Manoah, who was the 11th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, has been a staple for the Blue Jays. Manoah is 4-0 in the young 2022 season with a 1.44 earned run average, and the Blue Jays have won each of Manoah’s last 12 starts, which ties a franchise record.
Against the Red Sox, Manoah flat out dominated, pitching seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, while only giving up three hits.
Though the Red Sox were slightly dealing with the injury bug, Manoah still consistently retired multiple star hitters. Red Sox stars Rafael Devers, Alex Verdugo, Kike Hernandez, and Trevor Story combined for one total hit against Monah, with each of them striking out once.
Manoah has made 25 starts since making his MLB debut back in May of 2021. In those 25 starts, the Blue Jays have won 20 of those games.
Here’s what Blue Jays skipper Charlie Montoyo had to say about Manoah’s success on the mound.
“He doesn’t surprise me anymore,” Montoyo said. “That’s what he’s been doing. That’s who he is.”
Manoah’s next scheduled start will come next Tuesday against the red-hot New York Yankees. Manoah is no stranger to the division-rival Yankees, as he made his big-league debut at Yankee Stadium last year.
Under the New York lights, Manoah pitched six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, while only giving up two hits.
In Manoah’s first start of the 2022 campaign, he returned to Yankee Stadium. Against a lineup that features Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Anthony Rizzo, and more, Manoah set the tone for the season. Manoah pitched six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, while only giving up one hit.
The Blue Jays currently sit 0.5 games behind the Yankees in the American League Eastern Division, so next week’s series will be crucial in getting early separation.