Damn, Joe’s going to need another beer. What a fantastic game by Big Game Shields, who has really lived up to his nickname this year.
Last year Joe was ready to bury the guy and man, Joe is enjoying his crow. Welcome back Big Game, welcome back!
Has Big Game had a better game? Joe doesn’t think so. He went 8 2/3 before allowing his first walk. He racked up 13 strikeouts. He only allowed three hits.
Dude was dominant.
Joe’s very much a pitching/defense kinda guy. So this game was more than pleasurable for Joe.
Joe hasn’t written about the following guy much if at all, but if there is a better pitching coach in the major leagues than Jim Hickey, please let Joe know. Hickey spent extra time and research in the offseason to figure out what happened to Big Game last year when he turned into No Game.
The tick was found and, voila! Big Game is back.
And Joe is a happy man because of it.