The Kansas City Royals embarrassed the Minnesota Twins in their home opener 12-3 last week. The next game was a different story as 27-year-old Kyle Gibson took the mound and threw 6.2 innings only allowing one run in a Minnesota victory; the Royals were undefeated no more.
Many of the Twins players and coaches will tell you that something has changed since that 3-1 victory which was only five days ago. Minnesota is 4-1 since losing their home opener and they look like a completely different team. Gibson will take the ball against Kansas City once again tonight as the Twins try to continue their hot stretch and the man on the mound is a pitcher the Royals might not be too happy to see.
Gibson has made four starts against Kansas City in his career and has an unscratched 4-0 record with an impressive 1.38 ERA. He has been making life hard for the Royals offense since the very beginning of his career as he beat the Kansas City in his Major League debut back in June 2013.
Getting another victory over the Royals on the road tonight would be huge for the Twins, who have started 2015 just 1-5 away from Target Field. Minnesota has looked like a completely different team starting with Gibson’s last outing, and having their better baseball stretch away from their home ballpark against a strong in-division opponent would show the league that this is a team that isn’t about to roll over and accept another 90-loss season. Tommy Milone and Mike Pelfrey, the team’s probable pitchers for the other two games in this series, are both coming off a strong last start and everybody building off the past week would easily help Minnesota keep putting up wins.