April 24, 2017

Send Kyle Gibson to the minors, not Adalberto Mejia

Promotions and demotions were announced by the Twins on Sunday, but starting pitcher Kyle Gibson was not among the names mentioned. Instead, starting pitcher Adalberto Mejia is on his way to Triple-A Rochester, along with reliever Buddy Boshers, while Kennys Vargas was recalled and long reliever Justin Haley was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

But it’s Gibson who should be headed to Triple-A Rochester, not Mejia. Or trade him. Or release him. Or send Gibson to the bullpen because he has shown that he cannot pitch with much success. He hasn’t shown a consistently winning form throughout his career with the Twins and it certainly didn’t happen on Sunday after the Detroit Tigers won 13-4.

Gibson lasted all of two-plus innings and gave up eight hits, seven runs (six earned), two walks and surrendered one home run. He’s now 0-3 on the season with an ERA of 9.00. Mejia, on the other hand, hasn’t pitched that poorly and, frankly, appears to have received a quick hook from management.

In Mejia’s last start, he didn’t figure in the decision. He, too, lasted two-plus innings in a 5-4 loss to the Tigers, but he also struck out six over that span. Before his demotion, Mejia was 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA.

Extra innings…

-After Sunday’s loss to the Tigers, the Twins fell to 8-10 on the season.

-The Twins showed some fire on Saturday after Miguel Sano took offense at a pitch thrown behind him, which ultimately led to his ejection and a benches-clearing shoving match, if not a brawl. Twins pitcher Justin Haley followed that by hitting Tiger JaCoby Jones in the face. And it made me wonder: Where was this fire in 2016? You would think that during a 100-loss season that a few punches would have been thrown, but apparently not. At least I don’t remember a benches-clearing brawl last season.




Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.