Is this thing on?
Kyle Gibson, who's been pretty good, against Trevor Bauer, who's been better. Go Twins!
How's about a four hour rain delay?
How's about we see good Gibson tonight?
Today marks the first game of the second third of the season, and folks, the first third didn't give much cause for joy in Mudville. Third place in the weakest division in baseball is not exactly the catbird's seat, more like perching on the middle spot over the transmission hump, squeezed in between your dopey big brother and annoying little sister in the back seat of the family station wagon. So, not a whole lot of fun to be had in this season yet. To make up the fun deficit, the Mrs. and I watched the first two episodes of Brockmire on demand the other night. The rest of season one costs $2.99 an episode from our cable provider, so last night we signed up for a free trial month of Hulu to watch the rest of the first season, we can get all of season two on demand once we're caught up. Hank Azaria is a national [redacted] treasure.
Kyle Gibson (1-3, 3.57 ERA) on the bump, going for the series win against Clevinger (4-2, 3.14 ERA). So what do you say? How about we kill another three hours on our slow and painful march to the grave? Play ball!
There’s little room for argument that Kyle Gibson has been a frustrating pitcher to watch, and probably to coach, over his four full major league seasons. Brilliant one start and seemingly brain-dead the next, far too often nibbling away his advantage after getting ahead in counts, and never seeming to trust his best stuff in tough situations despite ample evidence that he can and should. But we may be witnessing a metamorphosis of sorts with Gibby and this could be a breakout season for the 31-year old Hoosier, with the normal caveat about staying healthy.
Late last year Gibson finally started to show some confidence and consistency on the mound and finished the season strong. His Achilles heel continues to be inefficiency as he’s only averaged 5 1/3 innings per start this season despite notching impressive performance stats, to wit a 3.38 ERA (good for a 129 ERA+) that's nicely in line with his 3.42 FIP. He’s allowed only two long balls in 32 innings and pitched to a meager .212 opponent batting average while maintaining a low 1.28 WHIP. And he’s been an effective control and ground ball pitcher, tallying 36 strikeouts with a 2.25 K/BB ratio and 1.57 grounders for every fly ball struck. All told it’s been worth 0.9 WAR from Gibson through April.
Opposing Gibson today is James Shields, who has struggled some out of the gate to a 1-3 record. His 5.35 ERA and 4.73 FIP indicate he’s been a bit unlucky and the Pale Hose have lost five of his seven starts, four of them by a single run. Twins on the current roster have 200 at bats against Shields with a respectable slash line of .260/.323/.465/.788. Dozier especially has feasted, sporting a .333 average and 1.224 OPS against Shields, who has contributed just 0.2 WAR for the Southsiders this year.
Enough with the egghead stats already, this game happens on a field, not a spreadsheet. Play ball!
I'm in the midst of staining the deck, so I'll keep this brief.
Gibson vs. Snell.
Twins have their "off day" lineup, with Garver, Adrianza and LaMarre rotated in the tough lefty Blake Snell.
Paxton had a very good year in 2017. Let's hope he carries his first start over (4.2 IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER), and not his 2.98 ERA, 143 ERA+, 2.61 FIP from last season.
Gibson gonna Gibson... did you know he had identical 5.07 ERA's in each of the past two seasons? (83 & 87 ERA+, 4.70 & 4.85 FIP's respectively). He was not efficient in his first start. We'll see what happens.
Well, game one was plenty entertaining. Can game two live up to it. Can the Twins one up it by actually coming away with the victory?
We shall see.
I think Kyle Gibson is going to have a pretty good game. The Tigers are not good and playing out the string with a lame duck manager. I think last game was just a blip, and really it was only a couple of innings he was bad.....I can't believe I believe Kyle Gibson can be a good pitcher. What a crazy season!
(that said, if a team is willing to trade a middling prospect for Gibson I won't complain)
Onelki García against Kyle Gibson
We're headed into the home stretch now. We've all talked about managing expectations this season, but with this soft schedule and the flawed teams in the race, I will be very disappointed if the Twins don't come away with the chance to play the play-in game. Continue reading Game 135: royals @ twins