To read in between the lines of the word from American League manager John Farrell, it sounds like Minnesota Twins’ closer Glen Perkins will get the first shot at closing out the game if his team is in line for the victory.
Perkins did not enter the 2013 All-Star Game even though he was a selection for the team. Then again, that was going to be a tough year for any American League reliever. Everything was set up for Mariano Rivera to have his moment in the spotlight in his final appearance. If a pitcher was not able to fit in that plan, which Perkins was not, then there was no chance for them.
With the game in Perkins’ home ballpark at Target Field in Minneapolis, it sounds like he will be a candidate for a high-leverage appearance. He might even be the guy chosen to close if the American League has the lead late.
Dave Brown of Yahoo! passes along the following tidbit:
Glen Perkins didn’t pitch at Citi Field for the ASG but says he was told, “They’d try to get me in as late as possible” at Target Field.
— Dave Brown (@AnswerDave) July 15, 2014
Perkins has not just earned this potential nod because he is the hometown guy, however. He is enjoying a stellar season: in 39 appearances he has converted 22 saves, has a 2.97 ERA, and is striking out hitters at an 11.2 K/9 clip. There are other capable relievers for the AL, but with no situation such as Rivera’s in 2013, look for Perkins to close things out if the opportunity arises.
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