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Glen Perkins, stat-head closer

Apr 3, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Parker Hageman at Twins Daily has an excellent article about Twins left-hander Glen Perkins, who went from injured, mediocre starter to excellent late-inning reliever and now full-time closer.

Perkins talked about how he started getting into sabermetrics when he was hurt in 2010 and has embraced statistical analysis ever since:

I didn’t get into any advanced stats until 2010 when I was in Triple-A and struggling. It was a combination of [Ryan] Vogelsong and when Brandon McCarthy came back and I started to hear about those guys who were injured or unsuccessful and then they adjusted their pitch selections and focused doing different things. That got me thinking, maybe it’s something I should do.

Since then Perkins has 132 innings with a 2.52 ERA and recently signed a $12 million contract.

There’s also some interesting stuff from Perkins about the unreliability of Pitchf/x classifying his pitches and whether or not he believes the numbers when they show he’s getting squeezed by umpires. Definitely worth checking out the whole article. Good stuff.

  1. dluxxx - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Good guy, great pitcher and knows his stats. What’s not to like. Hopefully I get to see him close out the game this afternoon. Glad I get to cut out of work early and head to beautiful Target Field!

    Baseball is back, and it couldn’t have come sooner.

    • cusoman - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      You got your wish, and in 1-2-3 fashion too! 😀

  2. sophiethegreatdane - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    GARRRRR!!! I have no room for these new fangled “closers” and their prissy so-called statical evaluationisms. In my day, a pitcher threw a complete game with grit, guts, and determination, not pitch counts and charts. He threw until his arm was numb, then went home and chopped wood and shoveled coal for the furnace. He through them thar fastballs, screwballs, knuckleballs, sinkers, sliders — all at once! — and used WITS not WAR. Left handed relief was when we hit the head with a beer in our right hand, and closers were the bar backs who closed the pubs at 3am after the ether frolic. You’ll find me in the funny papers before you see me buy into this here sabre gobbledygook.


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