Kyle Gibson v. Danny Duffy
Can streaking Twins keep form going after break?
The Minnesota Twins were on a roll before the break, taking on all comers, going 8-2 in their last 10. They trail the Indians in the AL Central, and the Mariners by 12.5 games for a wildcard playoff spot, so they need a run, and which was what they were having before the league took a break. The Twins (44-50) will be looking to extend that streak, and there will be no better opportunity than against the team with the worst record in the majors this season.
Kyle Gibson (4-6, 3.42 ERA) will be the man starting for the Twins, and contrary to what his record suggests, is also on a small streak of his own, with two wins in as many starts recently. He’ll be looking to extend as well.
So about that worst record?
Yes, the Royals have the worst record in the MLB, a dismal 27-68, off .284 baseball. They’ve gone 2-8 in their last 10 and show no real signs of picking up anything other than another L against the Twins.
BUT! While the Royals may be looking to offload some of their veteran talent, one of such talents has been the bright star of sorts for the Royals. Danny Duffy has been offering a different line from the Kansas City camp, putting up numbers that will for sure be tempting to some teams around the majors.
Duffy has been poor at home, 0-8 in last eight starts at home running back to last season, and is 0-4 this season in the Kaufman stadium.
However, away from home has been a whole different proposition, with Duffy holding the best road ERA in the majors, at 1.21.
The hope is that the break should have done him some good and helped shift some of that fine away form into the home form, else it may be over even before it starts.
They’ll also be weary of Kyle Gibson, who is a career 6-4 against the Royals, with an Era of 3.22, and 2.68 in the Kaufmann stadium.
The Twins should be too much for Kansas City, unless the Royals come back from the break in a completely different frame of mind, and a good Duffy at home.