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Ervin Santana is making homerific history

Apr 25, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Ervin Santana got knocked around by the Rays last night, coughing up four homers in five innings while falling to 0-4 with a 7.23 ERA on the season.

Santana has now allowed at least two home runs in each of his first four starts and a total of 10 long balls in those four outings.

According to’s awesome Play Index he’s just the ninth pitcher in baseball history to allow multiple homers in four straight starts to begin a season and Santana has tied Ed Whitson in 1987 as the only pitchers to begin the year by allowing 10 homers through four starts.

Even more remarkable is that Santana allowed a total of just 26 homers in 229 innings last season, including no more than two homers in any start, and has never allowed even 30 homers in a season.

Oh, and here’s a depressing stat for Angels fans: Santana has allowed 10 homers in 23.2 innings and the Angels’ lineup has combined for 11 homers in 149 innings.

  1. SmackSaw - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Oh, these guys are killin’ me! Killin’ me, I tells ya!

  2. SmackSaw - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    This offense has more in common with the ’74 Angels. Lee Stanton lead the team with 10(!). Those weren’t the good old days.

  3. SmackSaw - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    ’76 Angels. Bonds led with 10. I smoked a lot o’ weed in the ’70’s.

  4. baseballmutt - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Sounds like Santana should start pitching BATTING PRACTICE to the Angels team
    since he is in the groove and the team is struggling to hit homers.
    Best of both Worlds. No sense in letting this go to waste.

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Does he just never pitch low and away? I don’t understand.

    • bigxrob - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      Maybe he likes to announce his presence with authority, blow the speedball right by them

  6. cosanostra71 - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Angels… you’re killing me so far!

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