Kyle Gibson's Innings Count? The Shadow Knows...
by, 08-10-2013 at 10:23 AM (977 Views)
"Who knows how many pitches lurk in the arm of young Kyle Gibson? The Shadow Knows....Mwahahaha!" The Shadow Knows - YouTube
Pioneer Press scribe Mike Berardino recently asked Kyle Gibson if the young pitcher knows when he will be shut down for the remainder of the 2013 season. It appears, based on Gibson's response, that the Twin's 2009 1st round pick has no idea when his last start will be.
Berardino quotes Gibson: "I'm sure (Twins officials) have a plan," Gibson said after coming within one out of a quality start in Friday afternoon's 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. "I think they have a number in mind. Once I get there, they're probably going to back me down and say, 'Hey, that's enough, and get ready for next year.' "
So who knows? Does Gardy know when he will be summoned to the mound one last time, hand outstretched to take the ball from the talented right-hander? Umm, no.
"That's coming from offices other than mine," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I'll let them tell me. What their thought process is, I'm not sure. We'll sit and talk about it as we go along and make a decision, but first I'll talk to the general manager."
The Shadow knows. He sits behind home plate with his hat brim pulled way down low. Stopwatch in hand, the Shadow counts seconds, pitches, innings, and intangibles. The Shadow in this saga, Terry Ryan, remains eerily silent on the subject of Gibson's innings limit. Perhaps he wants to avoid the mess that Washington National's General Manager Mike Rizzo created by announcing Steven Strasburg's 160 inning limit last year. There is some debate whether Rizzo or the media created the controversy. Y! SPORTS
So, two questions:
1. Do you really believe that Gibson and Gardy have no idea when an innings limit will be reached? Again, according to Berardino, Gibson says, regarding his innings count, "I think it's probably going to be somewhere around 150, 160, but I have no idea," he said.
2. Is that good strategy?
"The Shadow Knows... Mwahahaha!"