A healthy Glen Perkins is a dominant Glen Perkins.
The two time All-Star closer struggled in the second half of last season, posting a 4.84 ERA after the break before shutting himself down in mid-September with a forearm injury.
Now healthy, Perkins is a perfect five-for-five in save appearances and is looking better than ever. He has struck out eight batters while surrendering no walks and the St. Paul native has allowed just five hits as his ERA sits at an impressive 1.13.
Perkins is sitting at the back of what has been a strong Minnesota bullpen, a unit that is partly responsible for helping the Twins improve their record to 8-10 after a forgettable 1-6 start.
In front of Perkins this year is Casey Fien, possibly the most underrated eighth inning set-up man in baseball. He finished 8th league-wide in holds last year and is off to a fantastic start in 2015, posting a 0.60 WHIP through 8.1 innings pitched.
With Perkins looking even better than the player who has been named to the American League All-Star team each of the past two years and Fien able to get batters out at will right now, if the Twins get to the final two innings with a lead they look to be one of the toughest teams in baseball to take down. But getting there has been a little difficult in the early parts of the 2015 season.
The bullpen’s efforts have been bogged down by one of the most inconsistent starting staffs in baseball and slow starts to the season from fellow relievers Tim Stauffer and Blaine Boyer, but even things are turning around for them.
Stauffer’s ERA on the season currently sits on the wrong side of seven but he was the winning pitcher two nights ago in Seattle and didn’t allow a run in his outing before that against the Royals.
After allowing five earned runs over his first four appearances (3.0 innings), Boyer has settled in with his new team and not allowed a run over his last 5.2 innings, surrendering only two hits.
With the Twins going 6-4 over their last ten games, a major task is ahead of them with the Twins facing the Tigers, who swept Minnesota in Detroit to open the season.