Statistically Speaking

Though the Twins were losing when Kyle Gibson was lifted from Thursday’s game, they eventually rallied to win. That marked their 10th consecutive victory when Gibson started (he has been credited with seven of the wins), one of the longest streaks of success in franchise history. Consecutive Twins victroies, by starter, with their record in parentheses:

14 Johan Santana (13-0), July 17-Sept. 24, 2004

12 Johan Santana (9-0), July 15-Sept. 10, 2006

12 Brad Radke (12-0), June 7-Aug. 4, 1997

10 Kyle Gibson (7-0), Aug. 22, 2017-April 5, 2018

10 Kevin Tapani (9-0), July 21-Sept. 6, 1991

10 Jim Kaat (4-0), April 21-May 31, 1970

10 Luis Tiant (6-0), April 9-May 28, 1970

 

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Second baseman Brian Dozier (right), who has led the Twins in home runs for five consecutive seasons, entered Saturday tied for the AL lead, with four. That’s already more homers than he has ever had in any April of his career except one.

Year April Season

2013 0 18

2014 7 23

2015 2 28

2016 3 42

2017 2 34

2018 4 ?