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Glen Perkins emerging as rare bright spot for struggling Twins

May 19, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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When the Twins let half of last season’s bullpen leave via free agency and chose to replace them with in-house options the hope was that several young relievers would step up to claim long-term roles.

That not happening has played a big part in the team’s overall struggles, but the Twins have had one reliever step up in Glen Perkins. He fell out of favor due to injuries and poor work as a starter, spending last year at Triple-A, but the former first-round pick now looks like a new man.

Getting healthy and moving to the bullpen full time has allowed Perkins to add velocity, with his average fastball clocking in at 92.7 miles per hour compared to 90.6 mph prior to this year, and the results are similarly encouraging. After impressively getting four key outs against the A’s in last night’s 4-3 win Perkins now has a 0.82 ERA and 22-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 22 innings, holding opponents to a .230 average and zero homers.

In a year full of injuries and disappointing performances in Minnesota, Perkins has been a pleasant surprise.

  1. HolyLiaison - May 19, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    …and today Gardenhire announced that Glen Perkins wont be available tonight because he’s pitched in back to back games (25 pitches combined.)

    Gardenhire seriously babies this team. And it makes me mad.

    • Andrew - May 19, 2011 at 3:52 PM

      So you want Gardy to overuse the best reliever and the only reliever that can be fully trusted right now?

      • HolyLiaison - May 19, 2011 at 4:14 PM

        When the season on the brink of being a complete failure? Yes.

  2. sknut - May 19, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    He also said Slowey wouldn’t be available too because Slowey pitched like a week ago. Talk about a baby.

    • Andrew - May 19, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      74 pitches in his relief outing 4 days ago. Yep, he’s a baby.

      • tjwilliams - May 19, 2011 at 4:08 PM

        I know, right? It’s not like Gardy was talking about putting Slowey in the rotation two weeks ago, where he would regularly be asked to pitch on four days rest after having thrown 70+ pitches in his previous outing.

      • dluxxx - May 19, 2011 at 4:36 PM

        I’m sure he’ll be available tomorrow. You know, pitchers who pitch that much get 4 days of rest, right? Every 5th day? You do the math.

      • tjwilliams - May 19, 2011 at 6:44 PM

        Gah. I read four days ago as four days rest.

  3. sknut - May 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    I apologize, I didn’t realize that he threw that many pitches. If I had known that I wouldn’t have said that. Thanks for the clarification. But Slowey does have a hard time being a reliever, they really should just start him.

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