Splitsville: Matthew Perks v1.1

"Splitsville" is a series of articles on the Nationals' prospects that we'll be doing throughout their minor league careers. In version one/chapter one (v1.1) of Matthew Perks, we'll look at how he did against the right-handed hitters versus the lefties, how he pitched at home compared to on the road, and more.

A Different Pitcher At Home: It was quite obvious that, compared to pitching on the road, Matthew Perks highly preferred pitching at Carl Barger Baseball Complex in Melbourne, Florida. In fact, while pitching in Melbourne, the 6' 7" right-hander posted a miniscule 0.44 ERA in 20.1 innings of work. Not to mention, he also averaged 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings at home, compared to only 4.95 on the road. Also, Perks' ERA was three and a half runs higher on the road at 4.05. Let's also not forget that opposing batters hit a far more respectable .281 versus Perks on the road, while batting only .141 against him on his own turf. Whatever the difference may have been, it's obvious that the 20 year old righty was a far more dominating pitcher at home, considering his strikeout to walk ratio.

Mastery Over Lefties: Oddly enough, tall, lanky, righty Matthew Perks was, far and away, more effective versus left-handed hitters. In fact, righties actually gave him much more trouble than most people would bargain for. After batting .261 off Perks, right-handed hitters were apparently not fooled all that much considering how imposing a figure he would seem to be. But, on the contrary, the former Mercer County Community College standout owned lefty batters through the 2005 season. In the Gulf Coast League, Matthew held lefties to an incredible .194 batting average. It is strange to see this type of trend for a righty pitcher of Perks' size and arsenal, but the point is well taken that lefty hitters give him no trouble.

Provides Little Relief: The Nationals' organization doesn't appear to project Matthew Perks as a future relief pitcher, barring any unforeseen developments in his career; however, he was used on four separate occasions out of the bullpen for the Gulf Coast Nationals under the piggybacking system. And, to put it lightly, those four appearances weren't pretty. In fact, his ERA out of the bullpen checks in at a bloated 7.45, while opposing batters also teed off on him to the tune of a .333 batting average. But, while pitching out of his more familiar role, starting, Perks was lights out, posting a 4-1 record with a sparkling 1.95 ERA.

Holds His Own Under Pressure: When the statistics are broken down and picked apart, it is rather uncommon to find a pitcher that excels when he is in a major jam, whether he has the bases loaded or runners on second and third. But, in Matthew Perks' case, he held batters to a .196 batting average with runners in scoring position and a .238 batting average with runners on any base. And, as strange as it may sound, hitters had the most success facing Perks when they were leading off an inning. In that particular situation, however, they were still only able to muster a lowly .246 average.

Down And Dirty: Perhaps the biggest reason for the success of Matthew Perks is his uncanny ability to keep the ball on the ground, and furthermore, keep the ball in the ballpark. Just how well did he keep the ball on the ground? Well, in 60.1 innings pitched, the tall righty had a groundball to fly ball ratio of 86:47, nearly a 2 to 1 relationship.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nA Different Pitcher At Home: It was quite obvious that, compared to pitching on the road, Matthew Perks highly preferred pitching at Carl Barger Baseball Complex in Melbourne, Florida. In fact, while pitching in Melbourne, the 6' 7\" right-hander posted a miniscule 0.44 ERA in 20.1 innings of work. Not to mention, he also averaged 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings at home, compared to only 4.95 on the road. Also, Perks' ERA was three and a half runs higher on the road at 4.05. Let's also not forget that opposing batters hit a far more respectable .281 versus Perks on the road, while batting only .141 against him on his own turf. Whatever the difference may have been, it's obvious that the 20 year old righty was a far more dominating pitcher at home, considering his strikeout to walk ratio.\r\n

\r\nMastery Over Lefties: Oddly enough, tall, lanky, righty Matthew Perks was, far and away, more effective versus left-handed hitters. In fact, righties actually gave him much more trouble than most people would bargain for. After batting .261 off Perks, right-handed hitters were apparently not fooled all that much considering how imposing a figure he would seem to be. But, on the contrary, the former Mercer County Community College standout owned lefty batters through the 2005 season. In the Gulf Coast League, Matthew held lefties to an incredible .194 batting average. It is strange to see this type of trend for a righty pitcher of Perks' size and arsenal, but the point is well taken that lefty hitters give him no trouble.\r\n

\r\nProvides Little Relief: The Nationals' organization doesn't appear to project Matthew Perks as a future relief pitcher, barring any unforeseen developments in his career; however, he was used on four separate occasions out of the bullpen for the Gulf Coast Nationals under the piggybacking system. And, to put it lightly, those four appearances weren't pretty. In fact, his ERA out of the bullpen checks in at a bloated 7.45, while opposing batters also teed off on him to the tune of a .333 batting average. But, while pitching out of his more familiar role, starting, Perks was lights out, posting a 4-1 record with a sparkling 1.95 ERA. \r\n

\r\nHolds His Own Under Pressure: When the statistics are broken down and picked apart, it is rather uncommon to find a pitcher that excels when he is in a major jam, whether he has the bases loaded or runners on second and third. But, in Matthew Perks' case, he held batters to a .196 batting average with runners in scoring position and a .238 batting average with runners on any base. And, as strange as it may sound, hitters had the most success facing Perks when they were leading off an inning. In that particular situation, however, they were still only able to muster a lowly .246 average.\r\n

\r\nDown And Dirty: Perhaps the biggest reason for the success of Matthew Perks is his uncanny ability to keep the ball on the ground, and furthermore, keep the ball in the ballpark. Just how well did he keep the ball on the ground? Well, in 60.1 innings pitched, the tall righty had a groundball to fly ball ratio of 86:47, nearly a 2 to 1 relationship.\r\n","mobileBody":" \r\nA Different Pitcher At Home: It was quite obvious that, compared to pitching on the road, Matthew Perks highly preferred pitching at Carl Barger Baseball Complex in Melbourne, Florida. In fact, while pitching in Melbourne, the 6' 7\" right-hander posted a miniscule 0.44 ERA in 20.1 innings of work. Not to mention, he also averaged 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings at home, compared to only 4.95 on the road. Also, Perks' ERA was three and a half runs higher on the road at 4.05. Let's also not forget that opposing batters hit a far more respectable .281 versus Perks on the road, while batting only .141 against him on his own turf. Whatever the difference may have been, it's obvious that the 20 year old righty was a far more dominating pitcher at home, considering his strikeout to walk ratio.\r\n

\r\nMastery Over Lefties: Oddly enough, tall, lanky, righty Matthew Perks was, far and away, more effective versus left-handed hitters. In fact, righties actually gave him much more trouble than most people would bargain for. After batting .261 off Perks, right-handed hitters were apparently not fooled all that much considering how imposing a figure he would seem to be. But, on the contrary, the former Mercer County Community College standout owned lefty batters through the 2005 season. In the Gulf Coast League, Matthew held lefties to an incredible .194 batting average. It is strange to see this type of trend for a righty pitcher of Perks' size and arsenal, but the point is well taken that lefty hitters give him no trouble.\r\n

\r\nProvides Little Relief: The Nationals' organization doesn't appear to project Matthew Perks as a future relief pitcher, barring any unforeseen developments in his career; however, he was used on four separate occasions out of the bullpen for the Gulf Coast Nationals under the piggybacking system. And, to put it lightly, those four appearances weren't pretty. In fact, his ERA out of the bullpen checks in at a bloated 7.45, while opposing batters also teed off on him to the tune of a .333 batting average. But, while pitching out of his more familiar role, starting, Perks was lights out, posting a 4-1 record with a sparkling 1.95 ERA. \r\n

\r\nHolds His Own Under Pressure: When the statistics are broken down and picked apart, it is rather uncommon to find a pitcher that excels when he is in a major jam, whether he has the bases loaded or runners on second and third. But, in Matthew Perks' case, he held batters to a .196 batting average with runners in scoring position and a .238 batting average with runners on any base. And, as strange as it may sound, hitters had the most success facing Perks when they were leading off an inning. In that particular situation, however, they were still only able to muster a lowly .246 average.\r\n

\r\nDown And Dirty: Perhaps the biggest reason for the success of Matthew Perks is his uncanny ability to keep the ball on the ground, and furthermore, keep the ball in the ballpark. Just how well did he keep the ball on the ground? 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