Brian Gordon to make his first Major League start Thursday
Brian Gordon was born in New York in 1978 and dissolved his connection shortly thereafter, moving to Texas. He has not been back to the tri-state area since, but he will return on Thursday for a very special reason — to serve as the starting pitcher for the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
It seemed apparent when Hector Noesi warmed up in the fifth inning, but Joe Girardi officially confirmed that the Yankees are giving the ball to Gordon, who carries a professional resume encompassing 15 years of Minor League life. As a former outfielder, that includes 3,810 at-bats, but only four innings of Major League duty in 2008 with the Rangers.
Thursday will mark Gordon’s first big league start, having been signed by the Yankees after announcing he intended to opt out of his contract at Triple-A with the Phillies. A soft-tossing righty who relies on his control, Gordon was 5-0 with an International League-leading 1.14 ERA for Lehigh Valley, and it has earned him a chance.
“He’s had an outstanding season in Triple-A for the Phillies,” Girardi said. “It is his day to start, he’s actually on his regular turn. I’ve seen a little film on him, not a ton but a little bit. He seems to throw a lot of strikes, has good command, has curveball, slider, changeup and he’s a veteran guy.”
Girardi said that he believed Gordon would be more built up than Noesi, who has been serving as a long reliever of late. It should be fascinating to see what the Yankees get out of Gordon, who certainly sounded pumped to be installed in pinstripes when he spoke to the YES Network’s Jack Curry on Tuesday.
“This has been very emotional for me,” Gordon told Curry. “I’m really looking forward to helping the Yankees. It feels funny to even say that, that I’m a Yankee. It’s a special moment.”
If you’re keeping score, the last three Yankees pitchers to see mound action in this series will have been Cory Wade, Jeff Marquez and now Gordon. No, John Sterling, you certainly cannot predict baseball.