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Duck! Ervin Santana picked up right where he left off

Apr 3, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

Adam Dunn AP

Ervin Santana served up an AL-high 39 homers in 178 innings last season on the way to posting a 5.16 ERA that convinced the Angels to dump him on the Royals.

Santana made his Royals debut today and allowed three homers in six innings, as Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo, and Tyler Flowers all took him deep.

Bert Blyleven holds the single-season record for homers allowed with 50 in 1986, but he threw a league-leading 272 innings that season. Santana, who’s making $13 million this season, has now allowed 42 homers in his last 182 innings dating back to 2012. Just for comparison, Gio Gonzalez, Felix Hernandez, and Tim Hudson combined to allow 35 homers in 610 innings last season.

  1. alang3131982 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    And he’s the #2 starter….where’s Hochevar?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Hochevar relieved Santana and coughed up a gopher ball to Alexei Ramirez. He’s still pitching in. Remember when the Royals were trying to trade Hochevar, but demanding a good prospect in return? lolz

  2. randall351 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Hochevar came in and not only gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, he promptly allowed a single, then walked the next guy.
    Oh and uncorked a wild pitch,but thankfully the slow guy on third tried to score & got thrown out.

    • rocketsteadman - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      What a strategy!

  3. sportsdrenched - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    What! You mean people keep track of how many HR a pitcher gives up? Why didn’t anyone tell me. -Dayton

    • 1981titan - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Only in Anaheim where we were used to seeing Ervin throw up gopher balls. I would have called him Whiplash, but he never seemed to care enough to turn his head fast enough to follow the homers. Good luck to KC with :Whiplash Santana.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        Ervin is consistent.

  4. hittfamily - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    They should have fired Dayton Moore the second he made that acquisition. This is far worse than the Shields trade. If Dayton Moore didn’t always want to make the first trade of the offseason, they could have waited a month when Santana was DFA’d, and signed him for less than half of what they are paying him, and not had to give up a prospect. Or better yet, take that 13 million and sign Brandon McCarthy, Kyle Lohse, or Shawn Marcum, all of whom are far superior pitchers.

    They are very close to being in a playoff race. But Ervin Santana taking up 16% of the team’s payroll was the dumbest move this offseason.

    • 1981titan - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      Anaheim says “Thank You”.

    • rvnc - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Yeah when you sign a pitcher whose fastball is his worst pitch to a lucrative multi-year deal you have to question the GM’s sanity.

      • rvnc - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        …or my sanity for forgetting it was actually a trade.

  5. bkh405 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Yeah, if Santana could have kept the ball on the playground it could have been a different game. Royals had Peavy on the ropes, maybe if they weren’t down 3 runs at that point in time they could have blown it open.

    • 1981titan - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Yeah and if I had the right 6 numbers from laast nights MegaMillions lottery I’d be a millionaire. Same odds.

  6. ezthinking - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    KC will have a tough time holding off Cleveland for 3rd place with this pitching staff.

  7. 18thstreet - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Blyleven was pitching to the score when he gave up every last one of those 50 homers.

  8. blacksables - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    And he only gave up 4 runs, which 11 other pitchers have already done this year, with 3 of them giving up more than that.

    Bases empty home runs give up as much runs as 4 consecutive walks. I’d rather see one than the other.

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