This is what makes baseball so great. It’s totally unpredictable.
Nobody in the entire free world—no man, woman or child—could have ever predicted Kyle Gibson would pitch a complete game shutout.
In 202 previous starts, he had never pitched a shutout. He’d had only two complete games.
He came into the game with the second-worst ERA among all pitchers with enough innings pitched to qualify for such a thing. The Rangers had won only four games all season on the road. Gibson had won just one game all season. And, Gibson gave up a double in the ninth.
There was absolutely no way in the world Kyle Gibson would do what he did. Or be allowed to do it.
But he did it.
A 1-0 Rangers win. A complete game shutout for Kyle Gibson. A huge boost of confidence from his manager.
Baseball makes no sense. That’s what makes it so great.
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