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Kyle Gibson tosses eight shutout innings, lowers ERA to 0.93

Apr 17, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

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Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson was fantastic this afternoon against the Blue Jays, shutting them out for eight innings of four-hit ball. Gibson struck out four, walked one, and lowered his ERA to 0.93 on the season.

It’s only three starts, of course, so even a sub-1.00 ERA isn’t a huge deal or anything, but compared to what a mess Gibson was during his MLB debut last season it’s a very encouraging development for the Twins and their former first-round pick.

Last season, as a 25-year-old rookie coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery, Gibson threw 51 innings with a 6.53 ERA and .327 opponents’ batting average. His secondary numbers don’t match the ERA–although no one’s secondary numbers are going to match a 0.93 ERA–but Gibson is back to getting tons of ground balls and today versus Toronto he walked zero batters after putting Jose Bautista on in the first inning.

  1. cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    An outstanding tailing FB and agressive use of the strike zone carried the kid. He looked dominant. What’s more, he didn’t tire or have to resort to trickery. He just poured it in there, and to heck with the weather. Just a lights out performance. Twins fans should be pretty happy about this kid.

    It’ll be Pelfrey for the 2nd game today. No where near the stuff Gibson had today.

    • dluxxx - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Big Pelf tonight? By the time the game gets over we’ll be back in the 70’s temperature-wise…

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        the cold will motivate him to pick up his tempo. he’ll discover that that’s what he’s been missing all along. in one of the most heart warming surprises of the season he’ll compete with the amazing young gibson for the cy young award, and will start the game 163 in which roy hobbes colabello turns out the lights in motown.

        i saw the movie trailer.

  2. dluxxx - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Good deal. Nice win and a great job by Gibson.

  3. raybrower - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    I was not aware that the Twins minor leagues still produced pitchers. Seriously though, this is great. He comes across as a really great guy and with as bad as last year was, it was hard to picture him dealing like he was today. Great news for Twins fans.

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Nice game by Gibson. Not a good game by Dickey, who had trouble finding the strike zone. Miserable temperature for a baseball game.

    • dluxxx - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Hopefully the 20 or so people in attendance gave him a warm welcome, though. I always liked Dickey when he was here. Nice guy who was never put in the right situation to succeed with the Twins.

      • Bryz - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        And what situation was that?

        He was brought in to be the swing guy/long reliever. He started the 5th game for the Twins just because their regular 5th starter was hurt, then spent the rest of the season in the bullpen. In the middle of the year, he put together an excellent stretch (from May 1st to July 1st, if I remember correctly), eventually getting promoted to occasional set-up reliever. However, after July 1st, he crashed and burned and returned back to being the mop-up guy.

        How exactly was he never in the right situation to succeed?

      • dluxxx - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        I remember multiple times where we brought him in with Men on base and then told him not to throw a knuckleball. Why would you do that? His implosion had more to do with not letting him throw his best pitch and being set up for failure with his usage.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Let’s start calling him Bob.

  6. happytwinsfan - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    if the white sox lose tonight and the twins win the second game, by the end of this fine brisk evening the twins with an 8-7 record will be in a virtual tie with the 6-5 kittens for, ahem, FIRST PLACE.

    then i won’t be the only one around here suffering from cognitive dissonance.

  7. papacrick - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Gotta love April where even the Twins’ fans can dream and gloat. Enjoy the hilarious comments while it lasts because they disappear by mid May when they make their inevitable return to the cellar

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