It was a very sweepy weekend

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Something I didn’t notice but reader nbjays did and mentioned it in the ATH comments: there were an awful lot of sweeps this past weekend. Over half of the series played ended in sweeps, in fact. To wit:

  • The Blue Jays swept the Red Sox;
  • The A’s swept the Yankees;
  • The Tigers swept the White Sox;
  • The Dodgers swept the Mets;
  • The Reds swept the Brewers;
  • The Pirates swept the Marlins;
  • The Cardinals swept the Cubs; and
  • The Diamondbacks swept the Astros

Quick gut-based analysis: the Red Sox remain schizo, and will probably now win four of five. The A’s will get a lot of “they’re for real” talk that I suspect will only last a week or so. The Tigers-White Sox series will be thought of as a turning point. The Mets and Brewers will mark this past weekend as when things unofficially ended for them. The Cubs and Astros, well, they stunk already, so it’s not really narrative-conducive for either the winners or the losers.

Anyway: brooms-a-plenty.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.