GS > 50: 8-4 (3-1)
GS < 50: 3-7 (2-5)
Average Game Score = 48
High Game Score = 74 (7/2 vs. Detroit)
Kevin Slowey - 12-11 (4-1 in no-decisions)
Here's a guy who was not handed one "tough loss" and he owes his offense a debt of gratitude for that. Glen Perkins's record (12-4) significantly outperformed what would have been expect with someone posting a 5.14 FIP thanks to an extra run per start over the team's average (6.23 runs per game). His season outside of that solid winning percentage was of mixed results. He led the staff in home runs allowed (25) and was drilled for 12 home runs over the span of seven starts from August 22nd to September 27th. Those seven games were ugly: 35 1/3 innings pitched, 23 earned runs, 14/10 K/BB ratio, a 5.86 ERA and a .333/.373/.647 opponent batting line with an average Game Score of 40 per start. This could be indicative of several things. The first of which being the total amount of innings pitched. He threw 184 innings split between Rochester and Minnesota, well above his previous high. The second ties the aforementioned inning count which was that Perkins was a year removed for a severe left shoulder injury that forced him to sit out the majority of the 2007 season. Pitching in this territory certainly could have led to a tired arm, one that was throwing a fastball 2-mph slower than in 2007. What we should focus on were his eight games between June 9th and July 18th were Perkins did not allow more than 3 earned runs in any of those starts, averaging Game Scores of 52. In that span, Perkins threw 50 1/3 innings, allowed 19 earned runs, posted a 26/14 K/BB ratio, a 3.40 ERA with an opponent average of .267/.318/.405. This Perkins is more in tune with his minor league track record, where he had a 380/144 K/BB ratio with a 3.50 ERA in 367 2/3 innings pitched. Another offseason of restrengthening his shoulder could result in a sustained performace in 2009 like his June-July stretch.