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I'm trying to understand why Luis Gil of the Yankees is suddenly having problems

Yankees starter Luis GilHis recent problematic outing, in which he allowed four runs in four innings in a 5-4 loss to Cincinnati, raised several questions that all boiled down to the essential question: What is going on here?

Let us briefly examine some of the elements:

Gil has been able to maintain the velocity of his fastball during this three-game slump, but his opponents are destroying him. Does he tip?

According to recent opponents, no. The league doesn't seem to have an advantage over Gil in terms of tells. They just see a lot of fastballs over the middle of the plate and do predictable damage.

Why does he let so many fastballs lie over the middle of the box, including many to the Mets last week and the home run he allowed to the Reds on Tuesday?

Coach of the Yanks Aaron Boone: “I'm not an expert on throwing mechanics, but it seems like he's getting a little off balance mechanically. He's obviously a big guy with long limbs, so you have to be in sync out there. There was a lot of good stuff tonight, but then when it came [out of whack, he had] It's difficult to fix that. And that has a bit to do with delivery and pace.”

Boone added before Tuesday's game that Gil had struggled at times to maintain a consistent drop point.

Gil didn't actually answer the question, but said through an interpreter, “That's the name of the game. You try to make throws. You have your catcher behind the plate. We have a good plan. He gives you a good target, and what you're trying to do regardless is make a good throw there and hit that glove.”

According to MLB's website Baseball Savant, Gil's fastball has averaged two inches more drop in his last two starts. That seems to explain the recent meatball problem.

In Gil's last three starts, he has thrown fewer fastballs — 45 percent against Baltimore on June 14, 37 percent against the Mets last week and 45 percent on Tuesday against the Reds. In his six previous starts before this stretch, he threw at least 50 percent fastballs. Why?

Gil: “There’s no particular reason. You just mix your pitches. That’s what you want to be able to do.”

Is Gil injured or at least exhausted?

Gil and the Yankees insist he is healthy.

Boone admits that the question is legitimate: “Look, you have to take everything into account. I don't think this is a fatigue problem. I think it's just a problem of not being at your best and not something that can be easily corrected on the fly.”