Posted by: gravessack | August 28, 2017

Gibson’s Future May Be Decided In September

The Twins are in a prime position to make a run for the play-offs. One of the keys will be how the starting pitching will hold up. When most of the starters pitch nowadays, the club feels that they have a chance to win. Nonetheless, fans get worried when Kyle Gibson’s turn comes up. Gibson’s struggles should be concerning, and should not be taken lightly in the last month of the season.

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson holding baseball with baseball glove on other handThroughout this year, Gibson has not shown that he can be trusted. He does not seem to have command of his pitches and has not shown that he could be relied upon for important games. Gibson, who pitched two decent games recently, has a record of 8-10 with an ERA of 5.59. The 29-year-old has given up 150 hits, 76 earned runs, and 52 walks this season. Gibson, more times than not, throws pitches right down the heart of the plate where opponents, who have a batting average of .303 against him, can smack the ball.

Gibson has publicly addressed his poor performances this year. However, this is an ongoing problem for him during his five-year Twins career. Overall, Gibson has a 4.77 ERA, given up 758 hits and 368 runs. The bigger problem is that his stats and overall execution are getting worse, and the only reason that the Twins keep Gibby around is that they have nobody to replace him with.

With that said, though, September will be a huge month for the struggling pitcher. If Gibson continues to falter, Manager Paul Molitor should immediately take him out of the rotation. The Twins have kept trying to put Gibson out there, with minimal results. They can not afford another bad outing by him as they are in the midst of accomplishing something that has not been done since 2010. And at season’s end, if Gibson keeps struggling, or not, the front office should examine whether to keep the pitcher who kills momentums! I would advise them to release Gibson!

Written by: Michael L. Sack


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