Glen Perkins insists he's not trying to strike out every batter he faces. It only seems that way for the Minnesota Twins closer.
Since taking over as the team's closer midway through last season, Perkins has been lights-out in the ninth inning. This year, the Twins left-hander is a perfect 6-for-6 in save situations. Over his last four outings, he's struck out at least two batters an inning. In the first game against Miami in a double-header last week, Perkins struck out the side to earn his sixth save.
"We have great fielders, but any time you can avoid using any fielders or them putting the ball in play, I think that's the best result," Perkins said. "If you strike a guy out, he's out. The ball's not going to fall in. It's not going to find a hole. I don't want to throw a lot of pitches, but if I can strike the guy out on three or four pitches, that's definitely my goal."
It's a small sample size, but in nine games this year, Perkins is averaging 13.5 strikeouts per nine inning...