Glen Perkins earned his 23rd save of the season after a perfect inning with one strikeout against the Indians on Monday.
The Twins may not be having the best of seasons in 2014, but Perkins has certainly contributed his fair share of production when called upon. He has now converted 23 of his 26 save opportunities while owning a 2.83 ERA and 1.04 WHIP through 41.1 innings. As long as he continues to limit his walks (7 BB) and keep his strikeout rate up (11.32 K/9), he remains one of the better closers to own in the American League.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
LeMahieu broke a four-game, 0-for-14 stretch with this performance and produced his first RBI in nine games. The production has been weak lately, but he’s still batting .300 with four home runs and 10 stolen bases. The numbers aren’t eye-popping by any means, but the overall production is certainly more than what was originally expected. The fact that he plays half his games in Coors Field certainly helps, but if you have the opportunity to improve your second base position, we’d jump at the opportunity. Analysis: Howard Bender
Wandy Rodriguez coughed up five runs on nine hits and three walks with just two strikeouts over five innings against the Angels on Saturday.
For the third-straight start, Rodriguez failed to pitch past the fifth inning and for the second time in his last three outings, he’s allowed five or more runs. He had a real hot start to the season, so this performance only pushed his ERA to 4.23 on the year, but this latest version, this inconsistent performer, is the Wandy we should have grown to expect. It’s tough to expect him to limit the runs while also going deep into games so you should really start picking and choosing your battles with him more carefully. His next outing, which comes against the Padres, is certainly favorable, though with a recently-rising 9.4-percent HR/FB, you’d rather not have this start coming at home. Analysis: Howard Bender