Santana hit the ball up the middle at the highest rate of his career in 2019, contributing to his strong campaign at the plate, Joe Noga of Cleveland.com reports.
Santana recorded a .364 BABIP when he hit the ball up the middle, helping him to career-best .281 batting average. He remained one of the most shifted against players in 2019, but he credited the change in batted ball profile to a more consistent routine at the plate with the help of an assistant within the organization, Victor Rodriguez. Now entering his age-34 season, it may be difficult for Santana to replicate his 135 wRC+ from last season, though it is encouraging that he purposefully changed his approach at the dish.
Santana is not in the lineup Saturday against the Nationals.
Santana is one of many Cleveland regulars to sit the day after the team was eliminated from playoff contention. Jake Bauers gets the nod at first base.
Santana went 3-for-3 with a hit by pitch and a pair of runs scored in Sunday's 10-1 win over the Phillies.
Santana was trouble for his former team all game. He singled in the first, singled and scored in the fourth, doubled in the fifth, and was hit by a pitch and scored again in the seventh. The veteran continues to be an entirely different hitter than he was last season in Philadelphia, bouncing back from a year in which he hit .229 with 24 homers to hit .288 with 34 homers this season.
Santana went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Friday's win over the Phillies.
Santana came through with an RBI single to left field in the second inning, and the Indians would come away with a 5-2 victory. The 33-year-old slugger has now hit safely in four straight games and sits with 34 home runs and 92 RBI over 152 contests this year for the Indians.
Santana went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Monday's 11-3 win over the White Sox.
Santana's solo blast off Jace Fry in the sixth inning pushed the Indians' lead to four and went down as his 32nd home run of the season, leaving him just two shy of matching the career-best total he posted in 2016. The 33-year-old has been a good-power, low-average type for most of his career, but thanks to an elevated BABIP and 44.5 percent hard-hit rate, Santana has emerged as a legitimate four-category standout. He's currently sitting on a .292 average, which is 41 points above his career mark.
Santana went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a double and a walk in a 9-6 loss to the Rays on Saturday.
Santana provided the Indians with an early lead thanks to his first-inning home run, but the offense didn't tally another run until the eighth inning. The 33-year-old finished August with a .350/.472/.650 slash line with 26 runs scored, eight home runs and 22 RBI.
Santana went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored in Tuesday's win at Detroit.
Santana never had any plate appearances with a runner on base Tuesday, but he got on base himself and put the bottom half of the order in position to produce. The veteran slugger has a .349/.477/.640 slash line with 25 runs scored, seven home runs and 19 RBI over 25 games in August.
Santana went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double, a walk and an additional run Wednesday in the Indians' 4-3 loss to the Mets in 10 innings.
Santana's 30th home run of the season came in the top of the 10th and broke a 2-2 tie, but his heroic effort went for naught when closer Brad Hand melted down in the bottom of the inning. The 33-year-old's career-best campaign had already been flying somewhat under the radar, but he may begin garnering some more attention in light of his recent form at the dish. Over his last 10 games, Santana is slashing .421/.532/.947 with six home runs, 14 RBI, 13 runs and a 9:7 BB:K.
Santana went 3-for-4 with three RBI in a 6-5 loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
Santana recorded his fifth multi-hit game out of his last seven contests. The 33-year-old singled in each of his first three at-bats, driving in two runs in the first and one more in the fifth. Santana has an excellent .293/.414/.551 slash line with 29 homers and 78 RBI in 434 at-bats.
Santana went 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs, a double, four runs scored, three RBI and a walk in the Indians' 19-5 blowout victory over the Yankees on Thursday.
Santana continued his recent tear at the dish in this contest, cranking two more long balls to five him five in his last five games. He's also driven in 10 runs and scored 11 over that stretch, building on what has already been a superb campaign. The 33-year-old now sports a spectacular .290/.413/.553 slash line to go along with 29 homers and 75 RBI across 518 plate appearances.
Santana went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk and an additional run Tuesday in the Indians' 7-6 loss to the Red Sox.
Santana is in the midst of a nice heater at the plate, homering in each of the past three games while piling up seven runs and seven RBI. The veteran is currently on pace to surpass his career-best totals in all three of those aforementioned categories and will look to keep the hot streak going Wednesday. He'll start at first base and bat third in the series finale with Boston.
Santana went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, three runs scored and a walk in Monday's 6-5 win over the Red Sox.
Santana knocked a game-winning homer after a Brad Hand blown save for the second game in a row, this time in the form of a walk-off solo blast. The 33-year-old has been red-hot all season but especially in August; he's gone 14-of-39 (.359) with three homers and 11 RBI this month.
Santana went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, five RBI, two runs scored and a walk in Sunday's 7-3 win over Minnesota.
After Brad Hand blew a save, Santana saved the day with a 10th-inning grand slam off Taylor Rogers. The 32-year-old slugger is up to 25 homers and 70 RBI with a career-best .926 OPS.
Santana went 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks in a 7-2 victory over the Angels on Saturday.
The 33-year-old is only 4-for-19 in his last six games, but three of those hits are homers, and he has nine RBI during the same stretch. Santana has seen his average drop since the All-Star break, but his on-base percentage still sits at .401. He's batting .279 with 24 home runs, 63 RBI, 73 runs and four steals in 384 at-bats this season.
Santana went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run Wednesday in the Indians' 10-4 win over the Astros.
Houston entered the bottom of the fifth inning with a 4-3 lead, but Santana vaulted the Indians ahead with his 23rd long ball of the season. After an 11-game stretch where he batted .190 with only four extra-base knocks, Santana is starting to wriggle out of the slump, as he's homered twice in the past three contests.
Santana went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Sunday's 9-6 loss to Kansas City.
Santana got Cleveland rolling early with his first-inning long ball but the team cooled off in a hurry after. It was a good sign after the switch-hitting slugger had been missing from the lineup for two games with some shoulder soreness. The 33-year-old is up to 22 home runs with 57 RBI and a career-high .926 OPS.
Santana (shoulder) will start at designated hitter and will bat third Sunday against the Royals.
Santana was withheld from action the previous two days due to left shoulder soreness, but the brief layoff was apparently all the veteran needed to overcome the issue. Since taking part in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star week festivities, Santana has gone just 10-for-52 (.192 average) with two long balls in 14 games.
Santana (shoulder) is not in the lineup Saturday against the Royals, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Santana was scratched from Friday's lineup due to left shoulder soreness and still isn't 100 percent. He'll sit for a second straight game as Jake Bauers picks up another start at first base in his stead.
Santana was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Royals due to left shoulder soreness, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Santana was initially penciled into the lineup as the designated hitter, but Mike Freeman will replace him and bat third. Santana should be considered day-to-day moving forward.
Santana went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday in the Indians' 4-0 win over the Royals.
Santana has notched exactly two hits in three straight contests and will carry a nine-game hitting streak into the series finale Thursday while serving as the Indians' designated hitter and No. 3 batter. The veteran maintains a career-high .957 OPS this season, with his production proving instrumental for an Indians offense that has received underwhelming offense from two-time All-Star Jose Ramirez throughout the campaign.
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