Chris Capuano: Pitcher Of The Year

NEW YORK, NY: Chris Capuano #38 of the New York Mets reacts after pitching a complete game for the win against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Braves 6-0. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Friday night's contest between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets looked like a mismatch going in, with Tim Hudson (13-7, 3.01) pitching for the second-place Braves and Chris Capuano (9-11, 4.71) pitching for the fourth-place Mets.

In the event, it was indeed a mismatch.

Chris Capuano pitched the game of his life, Hudson got racked up pretty good, and the Mets beat the Braves six to nothing.

Hudson ... Hey, these things happen. He pitched into the seventh and gave up four runs. No shame in that.

Capuano, though?

Capuano pitched a shutout, just the third of his career and his first since 2006. He gave up two hits, easily his best effort in a complete game. He struck out 13, a career high. Oh, and he didn't walk anybody.

Add it all up, and Capuano's Game Score was 96, easily the highest of his career ... and the highest in Major League Baseball this season.

 

What does it all mean? It means whatever you want it to mean. For me, though, it answers a fundamental question: Why do we watch?

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