Kevin Gausman Talks Mind Games and His Forgotten Pitches

For Kevin Gausman, the art of pitching is some halfway point between chess and bowhunting.

In all three there’s a goal—a strikeout, a checkmate, a bagged buck. There’s also an obstacle—the batter, the grandmaster, Bambi—and always some luck.

“You have to have so many things go well for you to have a night where you did something special,” Gausman told Inside The Blue Jays.

On the mound, Gausman isn’t concerned about a tree getting in the way of his shot or unpredictable pawn play, it’s just him and the hitter. The unpredictability in baseball comes from the unknown approach, not ever certain what the batter is looking to hit.


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