Ranking the Minnesota Twins starting rotation

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 16: Michael Pineda #35 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning during their game at T-Mobile Park on May 16, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 16: Michael Pineda #35 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning during their game at T-Mobile Park on May 16, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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#3 – Kyle Gibson

The longest tenured Minnesota Twins starting pitcher, Kyle Gibson has been outstanding for the pitching staff the past couple years. In 13 games this year, Gibson has a 3.70 ERA and a record of 7-3 through 13 starts. Having a couple down years back to back in 2016 and 2017, it’s great to see some strong consistent pitching from “Gibby”.

He currently has more strikeouts than innings pitched which has never been the case for Kyle throughout an entire season as a starting pitcher. Something clicked last year, leading Gibson to command the zone and his array of pitches with confidence and control. This led to Gibby setting a career mark for strikeouts with 179 on the year in 196.2 innings pitched.

Not only is Gibson starting to perform better on the mound, but his presence in the clubhouse and off the field is priceless. Being the de facto leader of the team, or at least the pitching staff, has done wonders for not only Gibson but the Minnesota Twins as a whole.

Look for Gibby to keep the Twins headed on the right path whether it’s helping out the younger pitchers or dominating line-ups when it’s his turn.

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