Yesterday in the third inning of his start against the Brewers, Kyle Gibson did what he does so often. Gets himself into trouble and counts on the double play ball to get him out.
As T.R. Sullivan pointed out on mlb.com, over the past six years, no pitcher has thrown more double play ground balls than Kyle Gibson’s 136.
Remember who else was known for that? Martin Perez.
Gibson and Perez are essentially the same pitcher
Gibson has a career 4.52 ERA in seven seasons. Perez, 4.72 in eight seasons.
Gibson has a career WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of 1.411. Perez, 1.486.
So, it’s great to see Gibson chalk of three dominating innings yesterday against the Brewers. Rangers fans will see a lot of that in the coming season.
But, the agony of Martin Perez’s sudden, inexplicable meltdowns is burned into Ranger fans brains as well. As Twins fans will attest, Rangers fans will see a lot of that as well with Gibson.
Yesterday Gibson was very good. We will take that whenever we can get it.
Game time: 3:05, 105.3 FM