GameChat – Royals @ Twins, 3:10

At long last (too long for many of us), Kyle Gibson gets to make his Twins debut on the mound this afternoon against the Kansas City Royals.

For more on Gibson (and other stuff), you should scroll down and give a listen to the Talk to Contact podcast fellow Knuckleballer Eric posted this morning.

I don’t think anyone believes he’s going to be a 20-game winner for the Twins anytime soon (or ever, perhaps), but he has been mowing down AAA hitters consistently for most of the season and, meanwhile, the Twins rotation has had some issues, to say the least.

It should be interesting to see how Gibson fares today. In fact, for only like the third time all season, I am interested enough in a Twins game to actually go find a sports bar to watch at least part of one of their games before I head to the Kernels ballpark. – JC



Gordon, A, LF Thomas, C, CF
Escobar, A, SS Dozier, 2B
Hosmer, 1B Mauer, C
Butler, B, DH Morneau, 1B
Perez, S, C Plouffe, DH
Moustakas, 3B Arcia, LF
Cain, L, RF Parmelee, RF
Tejada, M, 2B Carroll, 3B
Dyson, J, CF Florimon, SS
  _Davis, W, P   _Gibson, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
Minnesota 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 6 9 0

Justin Morneau and Trevor Plouffe provided some early offensive support, but when a guy gives you a Quality Start in his first start as a Big Leaguer, he’s your Boyfriend of the Day!

Kyle Gibson (photo:
Kyle Gibson (photo:


Episode 43: Kyle Gibson’s Debut

Episode 43 of the Twins baseball podcast,  Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.

Photo Credit: Betsy Bissen
Kyle Gibson, Spring Training 2013. Photo Credit: Betsy Bissen

Eric and Cody talk recent Twins happenings, including a struggling bullpen, an awful PJ Walters, and whatever it is that is going on with some Twins Minor Leaguers in the Futures Game.

The two are then joined by Seth Stohs from to talk about all things Twins Minor League and what fans can expect from Kyle Gibson as he makes his MLB debut on Saturday.

After the break the boys talk beer, baseball, and the news.

92 minutes of chatter.


You can follow Cody on Twitter (@NoDakTwinsFan) or read his writing at NoDakTwinsFan.  You can follow Paul on Twitter (@BaseballPirate) or read his writing at  Puckett’s Pond.  And of course, you can find me on Twitter (@ERolfPleiss) and read my writing at Knuckleballs!

– ERolfPleiss