Starter No. 3: Kyle Gibson
Kyle Gibson has to be one of the most frustrating pitchers on the Twins roster. Long counted on to take another step forward, the 31-year old never seemed to become the pitcher that Twins fans expected when he was drafted two picks ahead of Mike Trout. As a result, his performance has been inconsistent.
Gibson’s overall stats (12-6, 4.49 ERA) aren’t going to blow anyone away, but they become more frustrating when you focus on his style on the mound. At times, it almost seems like Gibson is afraid to throw a strike and that’s led him to a 35.1% strike rate.
Although he currently has a career-low 2.8 walks per nine, his recent performance has suggested that he could regress to the mean after a career-high six walks against Cleveland on Aug. 8.
The biggest question with Gibson is not whether the Twins would put them in their postseason rotation, but more which version is going to show up. If he can be the pitcher that has gone deep into games, the Twins will be fine. If not, Minnesota could be in for a long night in October.