When a player accomplishes something that has not been done in a long time it is quite impressive. When that period of time is over 120 years and spans several team name changes it just shows how rare of an achievement it truly is. This is the case when it comes to what Gavin Williams did on the mound Tuesday night in Kansas City.
Williams became only the second pitcher in Cleveland baseball history to allow one hit or less in his first two starts when pitching 7 innings or more. The last time this was done was all the way back in 1902 by Addie Joss. Joss allowed just one hit in 9 innings with four walks and five strikeouts against the St. Louis Browns for the then Cleveand Bronchos in his debut.
While Joss has the historical advanage of being his first start and going the full 9 innings, it does not make William's outing any less impressive. Williams went 7 innngs in his second career start with six strikeouts and only one walk. For anyone keeping score at home, Williams does hold the advantage in the strikeout and walk department over Joss.
Gavin Williams has been as good as advertised if not better through his first two career starts. Wiiliams' debut was solid, but there was a bit of a hiccup which led to four runs coming around to score in one inning which was really the only blemish on his final pitching line. Taking a big step forward and accomplishing something that has not been done in several lifetimes is an incredible way to make himself known to the baseball world on a national level, even if it was against the lowly Kansas City Royals. At this point, if there is a baseball fan out there who does not know who Gavin Williams is, they must actively avoiding anything about the 2023 Cleveland Guardians.