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Game 93 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays @ Minnesota Twins

Blake Snell makes his final start before the All-Star break

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Minnesota Twins Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Pitchers

Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Blake Snell 116 28.8% 9.6% 3.36 .182 2.3 19/19
Kyle Gibson 107.2 23.2% 10.2% 3.99 .276 1.6 18/18

Kyle Gibson Scouting Report

Gibson has been one of the more dependable pitchers in the Twins rotation thus far in 2018 and can be pointed to as another reason why pitchers wins and losses don’t matter as he has a 3-6 record this year, despite a 3.59 ERA and 3.99 FIP.

His last start came on the 7th against the Baltimore Orioles where he allowed three runs on four hits — one home run. Walks have been problematic for him, as he allowed four free passes during the start against the Orioles, while he did rack up nine strikeouts over seven innings pitched.

His pitcher repertoire, per Brooks Baseball

In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Sinker using a Two-seam Fastball grip (93mph), Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Slider (86mph), also mixing in a Change(86mph) and Curve (81mph).

His sinker has slightly above average velo. His fourseam fastball generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has essentially average velo, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His slider generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ sliders, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders and has some two-plane movement. His changeis slightly firmer than usual, has slight armside fade and has some natural sink to it. His curve generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ curves, is slightly harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement.

Splits

. wOBA AVG OBP SLG K% BB% HR TBF
. wOBA AVG OBP SLG K% BB% HR TBF
LHB .303 .247 .332 .349 23.0% 10.0% 4 200
RHB .295 .209 .295 .378 23.4% 10.3% 8 252
TTO - - - - - - - -
1ST .238 .189 .259 .267 26.5% 8.0% 2 162
2ND .340 .252 .342 .437 25.3% 11.1% 7 162
3RD .343 .257 .358 .431 16.5% 8.2% 3 121