Ervin Santana's 2015, like the entirety of his career, was full of highs and lows. He got a multi-year deal after having to settle for a one-year offer in 2014 but then was hit with an 80-game suspension before throwing his first pitch for the Twins. He bombed over his first 10 starts, compiling a 6.05 ERA as he struggled to keep the ball in the yard, but then thrived over his final seven, going at least seven innings in each with a 1.62 ERA, nearly a strikeout per inning and only one home run allowed. Santana's vulnerability to the long ball can lead to some wild fluctuation in ERA, but he's generally good for better-than-average ratios and tons of innings. With what figures to be a solid Twins lineup backing him, he's worth drafting as a back-end starter in mixed leagues.
Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana (7-5) surrendered two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three over seven innings in Friday's loss to the Royals. After an uneven suspension-shortened season, Santana ended his 2015 regular season on a high note. Tossing at least seven innings in each of his final seven outings of the season, Santana has posted a 1.62 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 8.45 K/9 and 0.2 HR/9 since Aug. 30. Whether or not Minnesota advances through October, Santana has established a strong foundation for 2016.
Twins starter Ervin Santana improved to 7-4 by allowing just one run over seven innings with five strikeouts in Sunday's win over Detroit. Santana continues his strong late season hot streak as he has a 1.47 ERA with a 44:11 K:BB ratio in 43 innings over his last six starts. Too bad for the Twins that he's ineligible for the playoffs should Minnesota make the postseason due to Santana's PED suspension that caused him to miss the first half of the season.
Twins starter Ervin Santana improved to 6-4 with a win Tuesday over Cleveland, as he allowed just one run on five hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out seven. Santana was brutal in his first 10 starts, with a 6.05 ERA, but he is on a massive roll now. This marks his fifth straight quality start, and he has gone at least seven innings, allowed no more than two runs, and struck out 39 against nine walks. His ERA is 4.31 and all of a sudden it looks the Twins will really miss Santana if they manage to sneak into the playoff as he is ineligible due to his early season drug suspension.
Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana gave up two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out five in seven innings Wednesday against Detroit. He settled for a no-decision. After a truly awful slump from July 29 to Aug. 25 (31 earned runs in 33 innings with a 4.1 K/9), Santana has remarkably turned his season around by going seven innings or more in his last four starts. He has a 1.55 ERA and 9.9 K/9 in that span.
Twins starter Ervin Santana turned in another fine performance on Friday in a win over the White Sox. Santana went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out six in the 6-2 victory. Santana (5-4, 4.73 ERA) served up a two-run home run to Adam Eaton in the fifth inning, which actually put the Twins down 2-1. But Minnesota was able to rally back and retake the lead. Santana has won each of his last three starts, posting a spectacular 1.23 ERA over that span.