Twins Option Kyle Gibson to AAA – Remain Near Top of Division
The Minnesota Twins have played pretty well this season, and a lot of that goes to the starting pitching staff. Erivn Santana and Hector Santiago have been fantastic. The problem is that the third pitcher in the rotation, Kyle Gibson, has not been on his game.
After six rough outings, Gibson has been sent down to AAA Rochester, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.
This move is unsurprising to Twins fans, has Gibson has had multiple poor outings in a row. The Twins have a couple days to decide what the corresponding move will be, but all eyes have been on Jose Berrios who has dominated AAA.
This season, Berrios is 2-0 with a 1.09 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched. All of this happening in five starts.
It would be hard to believe that the Twins do not move up their top pitching prospect, even though the Berrios has struggled at the major-league level in his firs two appearances.
Despite the poor pitching from Gibson, and to an extent, Phil Hughes, the Twins have been able to stay within striking distance of the top of the AL Central. As of today, they sit with a 14-12 record and just 1/2 game behind the Cleveland Indians for first place.
The Twins have something working right now, and they have to find some quality starting pitching to help continue that push for a playoff birth.
Yes, it is May and way to early to start talking about playoffs, but hey, the Twins are playing well and it is something worth being excited about!
Catch the Twins tonight on 103.1-FM KFIL tonight as they take on the Boston Red Sox! 6:30pm pregame show and 7:10pm first pitch!