MIN 7, DET 3: Gibson, Offense Keep Rolling
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Gibson held the Tigers to three runs over 7.0 innings. He gave up five hits, two of which were homers, and walked a pair of batters while striking out six. He also induced three double-play balls. He’s been a bit of a chameleon of late, mixing up his pitch selection to lean more on his four-seam fastball and slider as opposed to the two-seamer. Here’s a breakdown of his pitch mix from his previous start (9/17):
And that has been fairly consistent with how he’s pitched over the past two months. Well, here’s what he did tonight:
Back to tons of two-seamers (or sinkers, depending on who you ask). He doesn’t deploy the curveball or changeup as frequently, but hitters still have five pitches they need to prepare for when they dig in against Gibson. He's also working up in the zone more frequently.
Whether the goal is being a little less predictable, he's attacking his opponent's weaknesses or it’s simply that he’s leaning on a pitch he has the feel for that night, this new Gibson is rolling. In the 10 games he has started since the beginning of August, Gibson has a 3.32 ERA and the Twins are 8-2.
And, of course, the Twins have had the best offense in the American League since the All-Star break. They’ve been giving Gibby plenty of support, and Friday was no exception. The lineup provided six runs while Gibson was on the bump.
Byron Buxton led the way with three hits, two of which were doubles. He drove in two runs and also scored twice. Max Kepler had two hits, including his 19th home run of the season off lefty Daniel Norris. Brian Dozier hit his 32nd homer and stole his 16th base of the year.
Postgame With Gibson
AL Wild Card Standings
WC1: Yankees 85-68 (+5.5)
WC2: Twins 80-74
Angels 76-77 (-3.5)
Rangers 76-77 (-3.5)
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Sat: Twins (Ervin Santana) at Tigers (Matthew Boyd), 5:10 pm CT
Sun: Twins (Jose Berrios) at Tigers (Buck Farmer), 11:10 am CT
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