Tuesday: Matt Boyd vs Kyle Gibson
After last season’s reloading effort at the trade deadline, highly-regarded youngsters Michael Fulmer, Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd were touted as the future of the Detroit rotation.
With just a few weeks left in the 2016 regular season, that much remains to be true. However, the trio have locked down rotation spots for the foreseeable future with some excellent displays this season.
Norris was outstanding on Monday, while Fulmer is a contender for both the American League Rookie of the Year and the American League Cy Young. However, Boyd has been one of the team’s better starters in the second half.
In terms of the rest of the pitching staff in the second half, Boyd’s 2.68 ERA is second only to Verlander. What’s more, his K% and WHIP are also only bested by the former MVP.
The 25-year-old will face a Twins team that he’s already beaten twice this season.
Boyd is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in a pair of starts versus Minnesota. He’s allowed just three runs over 12 innings while striking out 14.
Opposing Boyd will be Kyle Gibson.
Gibson, who pitched to a 3.84 ERA and a 3.96 FIP last season has struggled in his fourth Major League season.
The right-hander’s ERA has ballooned to 5.34, while his FIP has jumped to 4.90. What’s more, he owns the third-worst WHIP in the league, not to mention the 13th-worst SIERA.