Why everyone should root for Glen Perkins, part infinity

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Two weeks ago Twins reliever Glen Perkins outed himself as a stat-head, which means he’s now subject to the same anti-sabermetrics taunting that lowly bloggers like me endure on a regular basis.

Case in point, this Twitter exchange between Perkins and a media member bully following last night’s game in which Twins hitters grounded into five double plays:

Nerds are the worst, amirite?

Perkins has a 3.16 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 43 innings, talks openly and intelligently about being into advanced statistical analysis, loves interacting with fans on Twitter, and even seems to not be annoyed by doofus bloggers making sarcastic jokes.

Forget becoming the Twins’ full-time closer. I nominate him for sainthood.

(And if you want to be just like Perkins, you can also follow me on Twitter.)

Clayton Kershaw struggles with control, walks six Marlins

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.

Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.

The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.