If Howard Kendrick is Mr. Consistent, then Ervin Santana‘s nickname is the enigma. He has so much ability and yet has been so up and down throughout his career. 2012 may be his last year as an Angel. After finishing at 9-13, with his fewest wins since 2009 and most loses since 2007. His 5.16 ERA was his highest since 2007. He gave up 109 runs in 178 innings pitched. He led the league with 39 home runs allowed. He only struck out 133 hitters which is a career low when he’s made over 30 starts. It’s not like Santana is a terrible pitcher. He’s had some good years in the past. For whatever reason, 2012 just wasn’t his year.
2012 Game Of The Year: When you almost pitch a perfect game, this is the one that gets picked. On June 16th against the Diamondbacks, Santana threw a one hit shut-out, giving up only a single to Justin Upton in the top of the seventh. Other than his no-hitter, you could make the argument that it was the best game Santana has pitched in his career.
2013 Outlook: His option will be declined. He will be a free agent. He will most likely be in another uniform. The only way he is back is if he takes a massive pay cut and Zack Greinke isn’t re-signed. Sometimes a change of scenery is needed for players and people in general. For Santana and the Angels that time appears to be now.