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Ervin Santana on pace to allow third-most homers of all time

Jun 11, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Ervin Santana and Coors Field is a match made in homer-allowing heaven and sure enough the Angels right-hander served up two more long balls versus the Rockies yesterday.

(He also got the “win” while allowing seven runs in 5.2 innings, because pitcher “wins” are hilarious.)

Santana has now allowed 18 homers in 80 innings spread over 13 starts, which puts him on pace to allow 46 homers on the season. That would tie Santana for the third-highest total in baseball history:

Bert Blyleven     1986     50
Jose Lima         2000     48
Bronson Arroyo    2011     46
Bert Blyleven     1987     46
Robin Roberts     1956     46

Four pitchers (including Bert Blyleven twice) have allowed more than 45 homers in a season. Two of them are in the Hall of Fame and the other two are both former All-Stars. Santana is also a former All-Star and he’s been a very solid starter for the Angels during the past seven seasons, throwing nearly 1,300 innings with a 4.22 ERA.

That includes a 3.38 ERA in 229 innings last season and a 3.92 ERA in 223 innings in 2010, so Santana’s decline to a 5.74 ERA is both homer-fueled and unexpected. Prior to this season his career-high for homers allowed was 27 and he’d served up an average of 25 homers per 200 innings. And now he’s allowed 18 in 80 innings and been bad enough that projecting his season total of 46 requires the leap of faith that he’ll actually remain in the Angels’ rotation all year.

  1. jarathen - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Scioscia is very much a pro-veteran manager, so unless Santana continues to spiral for several more starts, he’s not going anywhere. This is the guy who started Jeff Mathis consistently until DiPoto traded him away, remember.

    Garrett Richards looked awful good in his first MLB start, but he’ll need to prove he belongs against better teams than the Mariners, regardless of how hot the offense was last week.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Yo Ervin, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but Jamie Moyer has given up the most home runs of all time!

  3. Francisco (FC) - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    That wasn’t a win, that was a vulture.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    “Homer-fueled”

    As in, a bunch of Angels Fanatics feeding him negative vibes.

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