It is amazing how many good teams, and great pitchers, can loose to bad teams. Including these Twins (if they qualify). I remember the recent 5 game series at Chicago. A team will always need victories against poor teams. A win is a win is a win. Until the playoffs. I can't negate a good performance because it may come against bad teams and offenses. I can't and won't. It's also amazing how many great offenses can perform horribly against a great pitcher having a great day. Or if you are the Twins' offense, it seems, it can even happen against a bad pitcher having a great day.
"I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." -Sandy Koufax
It is interesting, even in other sports, that some great players don't seem to do so well against teams with winning records.... take a look at these quarterbacks that most would have liked to have on their team.....
Aaron Rodgers 21-29
Drew Brees 20-48
Matt Ryan 17-22
Matthew Stafford 5-46 (new highest paid NFL player in history)
Tom Brady 50-33 (well, he is Tom Brady...)
Russell Wilson 19-12
Gibson changed everything about his delivery. That is a brave move. It may be gelling. I don't sell out on Polanco. I am not selling out on Gibson, yet, not with what he has done and is trying to do, for the long term. We need victories against all teams to get to the playoffs. If we get there..... we need a ton of luck, no matter who pitches.
Brilliant! And I mean it. Everyone, go back and read this Again!
I mean, a lot of the beauty of sports is perspective. Use the analogy above and think about HOF QB Tarkenton. He "lost" 3 Super Bowls. But he absolutely re-wrote the passing records in a generation of a 14 game season predicated on the running game and stout defenses that could practically mug receivers. But Favre broke all of his records in a 16 game season format in a pass happy league, with MAJOR changes in pass interference and contact/holding rules with the most PA attempts in the history of the league.
But back to the topic, who the hell IS Gibson? From day 1 we thought we got a steal! He practically skyrocketed through the minors, and our imaginations, as to who he might become. And there were demands he come up early, after to TJ and recovery. And surprise, surprise, he stunk when he did. (Stunk? Stank? Whatever). Then, he looked pretty good. Then he looked even better! And we dared to be tantalized with hope! And then he stunk/stanked again!
A few of us dared to believe and told everyone else to do the same. We said, this guy has the makings of a solid, quality SP yet. Others, outside of TD said the same thing. He worked hard to get healthy after 2016, change his conditioning, his approach, his delivery, and be teased us in ST. And then the season began and he stunk. He was sent to the minors and probably brought back too soon.
But something began to happen. He had a bad game against Seattle where he had a lead and continued to pitch poorly. Molitor went to the mound and publicly, though "nicely" chewed his butt. He didn't pitch great, but he pitched better. He followed it up shortly after with his best performance of the year to date before being sent down again to create roster flexibility.
Once back again, he threw way, way too many pitches, and left after 4 or so innings, but with low scores and his team in the game. He even got his fair share of SO. And then suddenly, he still got the SO, but was pitching 6-7 innings. And we are baffled. Who is this Gibson guy?
I'm still not sure why he was pulled tonight, Saturday, after 6 blank innings thrown and only 81 pitches thrown. But he is on a roll. And I have to confess to you as a past Gibson apologist, who was ready to DFA him a few weeks ago, I'm suddenly scared to let him walk. Is it really possible that a change in mechanics, a move to the other side of the rubber, experience, even a public ass chewing by Molitor, has lead him to a "bloom" point in his career?