There are going to be many people who look at the Minnesota Twins in 2013 and see no success happening for the team. There are only going to be a few bright spots, but one should be Glen Perkins. Perkins will be the team’s closer for the 2013 season after finishing with 16 saves last year, and has also proven over the last two years that he can be a very solid MLB reliever.
Perkins finished with a 2.56 ERA in 2012, after a 2.48 ERA in the 2011 season. I really like the fact that Perkins has struck out over a batter per inning as well. The Twins are likely going to end up in last place in the American League Central this season, but Perkins should get the chance to save over 30 games this year. That shouldn’t be too hard to do, since Minnesota will probably finish with around 70 wins.
Perkins is proving that he can be one of the better left-handed closers in MLB with his recent pitching. That said, I do wonder if rust will get to Perkins, since the opportunities to save games are not likely going to come around very consistently throughout the year. There could be a week where Perkins can save four or five games, and then another where he gets no chances at all.
There is no doubt that Perkins is going to fly under the radar this season in Minnesota, though.