True dat, Chris Perez. True dat.
Although, I might suggest that a good measurement of “heart and balls,” as Chris Perez so aptly put it would be to look at the percentage of fastballs a pitcher throws and then look at how often he challenges hitters inside the strike zone, to which I’d see that Mr. Perez throws four seam fastballs a whopping 65% of the time, while leading the league with 60% of his pitches going through the strike zone.
This might lead you to believe that Perez likes to challenge hitters, and therefore we can safely put him on the leader board when it comes to “heart and balls.”
His knack for challenging, of course, reminds me of this: