Top Ten Moment #2, Part 2. 13 comments


Yesterday I recounted Top Ten Moment #2 of the Rangers 2017 season, when Austin Bibens-Dirkx outdueled Max Scherzer. Here is what I wrote the next day, reposted from June 12, 2017.


In 1971, Texas took the team from Washington DC.

Forty-six years later, Texas took the team from Washington DC again, but in a different way.

In what has to be the most unlikely sweep of the twenty-first century, the sluggish Texas Rangers came into DC and won three games against the mighty Washington Nationals.

David beat Goliath.  And even more unlikely, Austin Bibens-Dirkx outpitched Max Scherzer.

It wasn’t just because Bibens-Dirkx earned a win he deserved and Scherzer was tagged for a loss he didn’t deserve. It’s because Bibens-Dirkx, making just his second major league start ever, actually outpitched a guy with two Cy Youngs, two no-hitters, two thousand strikeouts, and two twenty-win seasons.

In fact, Bibens-Dirkx’s performance was record breaking. Between giving up a lead-off home run and then a single in the first inning and then a single in the seventh, he retired twenty straight batters, a Rangers rookie record.

It’s a pretty incredible story that is playing out. He played for twelve seasons in the minor leagues, independent leagues and different Caribbean leagues with twenty-one different teams. He came to the Rangers and outperformed everybody in spring training. Then he went back to the minors and waited for his chance.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx is now 2-0 with a nice 3.28 ERA. And he outdueled Max Scherzer.

Baseball officially makes no sense.