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Ervin Santana
ERA W-L K
3.28 12-7 125
Team: MinnesotaHt / Wt: 6-2 / 175 NFBC ADP: 320.61
Position: SPBorn: 12/12/1982 Birthplace: San Cristobal, DR
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: Undrafted by Angels (2000)


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Aug. 13 4:50 PM PT5:50 PM MT6:50 PM CT7:50 PM ET19:50 ET23:50 GMT7:50 4:50 PM MST6:50 PM EST7:20 PM VEN3:50 UAE (+1)6:50 PM CT-Ervin Santana allowed four runs - two earned - on seven hits and two walks in 5.0 innings as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-4 on Sunday. Santana struck out six, ending the game with a 3.28 ERA and 1.13 WHIP on the season.
Aug. 8 11:37 PM PT12:37 AM MT1:37 AM CT2:37 AM ET2:37 ET6:37 GMT14:37 11:37 PM MST1:37 AM EST2:07 AM VEN10:37 UAE1:37 AM CT-Ervin Santana allowed four runs - two earned - on six hits and one walk in 6.0 innings as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Monday. Santana struck out six, ending the game with a 3.27 ERA and 1.11 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Santana couldn't duplicate his complete-game effort in Wednesday's 5-2 win at San Diego, though his second straight quality start was a positive sign after he ended July by allowing 10 runs in nine innings over his final two outings. The 2017 All-Star next faces Detroit on the road on Saturday. He was tagged for five runs over 3 1/3 innings in a home loss to the Tigers on July 21.
Aug. 2 4:07 PM PT5:07 PM MT6:07 PM CT7:07 PM ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 PM MST6:07 PM EST6:37 PM VEN3:07 UAE (+1)6:07 PM CT-Ervin Santana improved to 12-7, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk in 9.0 innings, as the Minnesota Twins defeated the San Diego Padres 5-2 on Wednesday. Santana struck out nine, ending the game with a 3.28 ERA and 1.11 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: It was the major league-leading fifth complete game of the year for Santana, who notched a season high in strikeouts. It was a solid bounce-back effort after the veteran right-hander was tagged for nine runs and 14 hits over his previous two starts.
July 27 9:58 AM PT10:58 AM MT11:58 AM CT12:58 PM ET12:58 ET16:58 GMT0:58 9:58 AM MST11:58 AM EST12:28 PM VEN20:58 UAE11:58 AM CT-Ervin Santana allowed four runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings as the Minnesota Twins lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 on Wednesday. Santana struck out seven, ending the game with a 3.37 ERA and 1.14 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Santana's early-season dominance has gone away, as he's now 1-3 with a 5.34 ERA over his last five starts and has allowed a troubling eight home runs in 30 1/3 innings during that stretch. Assuming he's not dealt prior to Monday's trade deadline, the All-Star hurler should have a chance to bounce back in a road matchup at San Diego on Wednesday.
July 22 9:20 PM PT10:20 PM MT11:20 PM CT12:20 AM ET0:20 ET4:20 GMT12:20 9:20 PM MST11:20 PM EST11:50 PM VEN8:20 UAE11:20 PM CT-Santana fell to 11-7, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks in 3.1 innings, as the Minnesota Twins lost to the Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Friday. Santana struck out three, ending the game with a 3.26 ERA and 1.15 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Santana gave up at least five earned runs for the fourth time in his last seven starts.
July 16 9:23 AM PT10:23 AM MT11:23 AM CT12:23 PM ET12:23 ET16:23 GMT0:23 9:23 AM MST11:23 AM EST11:53 AM VEN20:23 UAE11:23 AM CT-Ervin Santana improved to 11-6, allowing two runs on five hits and five walks in 6.0 innings, as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Houston Astros 4-2 on Saturday. Santana struck out three, ending the game with a 2.99 ERA and 1.11 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Walks were once again an issue for Santana, but he's now 7-2 with a 2.28 ERA in nine road starts.
July 12 9:17 PM PT10:17 PM MT11:17 PM CT12:17 AM ET0:17 ET4:17 GMT12:17 9:17 PM MST11:17 PM EST11:47 PM VEN8:17 UAE11:17 PM CT-Santana allowed one run on one hit in 1.0 inning, as the AL All-Stars defeated the NL All-Stars 2-1 on Tuesday. Santana struck out one, ending the game with a 9.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP on the season.
July 6 7:45 AM PT8:45 AM MT9:45 AM CT10:45 AM ET10:45 ET14:45 GMT22:45 7:45 AM MST9:45 AM EST10:15 AM VEN18:45 UAE9:45 AM CT-Ervin Santana fell to 10-6, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks in 9.0 innings, as the Minnesota Twins lost to the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Wednesday. Santana struck out five, ending the game with a 2.99 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Santana has been great or really bad during an inconsistent stretch after his dominant start. In his last seven outings, he's allowed a combined 25 runs in four of those while yielding just two - and twice going the distance - in the three others.
June 30 8:44 PM PT9:44 PM MT10:44 PM CT11:44 PM ET23:44 ET3:44 GMT11:44 8:44 PM MST10:44 PM EST11:14 PM VEN7:44 UAE (+1)10:44 PM CT-Ervin Santana fell to 10-5, allowing seven runs - five earned - on eight hits and two walks in 5.1 innings, as the Minnesota Twins lost to the Kansas City Royals 8-1 on Friday. Santana struck out five, ending the game with a 3.07 ERA and 1.09 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Santana was roughed up for the third time in four starts. He has a 6.75 ERA in that span after posting a 2.20 mark in his first 13 outings.
June 25 4:46 PM PT5:46 PM MT6:46 PM CT7:46 PM ET19:46 ET23:46 GMT7:46 4:46 PM MST6:46 PM EST7:16 PM VEN3:46 UAE (+1)6:46 PM CT-Ervin Santana improved to 10-4, allowing nine hits over 6.0 scoreless innings, as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Sunday. Santana struck out seven, ending the game with a 2.80 ERA and 1.05 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Santana held an opponent scoreless for the seventh time in 16 starts this season, and rebounded after allowing 11 runs over 10 innings in his two previous outings.
June 21 8:17 AM PT9:17 AM MT10:17 AM CT11:17 AM ET11:17 ET15:17 GMT23:17 8:17 AM MST10:17 AM EST10:47 AM VEN19:17 UAE10:17 AM CT-Ervin Santana improved to 9-4, allowing six runs on 10 hits and two walks in 5.0 innings, as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Chicago White Sox 9-7 on Tuesday. Santana struck out six, ending the game with a 2.97 ERA and 1.02 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Santana had a 1.75 ERA through 11 starts, but he has a 7.04 ERA in June - and that's despite pitching a shutout this month.
June 15 9:55 PM PT10:55 PM MT11:55 PM CT12:55 AM ET0:55 ET4:55 GMT12:55 9:55 PM MST11:55 PM EST12:25 AM VEN8:55 UAE11:55 PM CT-Ervin Santana fell to 8-4, allowing five runs on nine hits and one walk in 5.0 innings, as the Minnesota Twins lost to the Seattle Mariners 6-4 on Wednesday. Santana struck out five, ending the game with a 2.56 ERA and 0.95 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Santana fired his third shutout of the season with Friday's four-hitter against the Giants, but he's surrendered five homers and 12 runs over nine innings in his other two starts this month. The likely All-Star will try to bounce back Tuesday against a White Sox team he held to three hits over 15 scoreless innings in a pair of April outings.
June 10 10:41 AM PT11:41 AM MT12:41 PM CT1:41 PM ET13:41 ET17:41 GMT1:41 10:41 AM MST12:41 PM EST1:11 PM VEN21:41 UAE12:41 PM CT-Ervin Santana improved to 8-3, allowing four hits and one walk in a complete-game shutout, as the Minnesota Twins defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on Friday. Santana struck out five, ending the game with a 2.20 ERA on the season.
Analysis: Santana, who owns the majors' third-best WHIP at 0.89, bounced back nicely after being tagged for seven runs against the Angels in his previous start. He'll make his first start against the Mariners since 2013 on Wednesday.
June 9 9:29 AM PT10:29 AM MT11:29 AM CT12:29 PM ET12:29 ET16:29 GMT0:29 9:29 AM MST11:29 AM EST11:59 AM VEN20:29 UAE11:29 AM CT-Santana (7-3) looks to rebound from giving up seven runs in four innings in his last start as Minnesota opens a series at San Francisco on Friday.
Analysis: Santana has never faced the Giants, but he's 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA in five road starts this season.
June 4 9:00 AM PT10:00 AM MT11:00 AM CT12:00 PM ET12:00 ET16:00 GMT0:00 9:00 AM MST11:00 AM EST11:30 AM VEN20:00 UAE11:00 AM CT-Ervin Santana fell to 7-3, allowing seven runs on seven hits and three walks in 4.0 innings, as the Minnesota Twins lost to the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Saturday. Santana struck out two, ending the game with a 2.44 ERA and 0.93 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Santana's homecoming was his worst start of an otherwise spectacular season. Eighteen of the 22 earned runs he's allowed have come over three of his 12 starts.
May 29 4:25 PM PT5:25 PM MT6:25 PM CT7:25 PM ET19:25 ET23:25 GMT7:25 4:25 PM MST6:25 PM EST6:55 PM VEN3:25 UAE (+1)6:25 PM CT-Ervin Santana allowed two runs - one earned - on five hits and two walks in 7.0 innings as the Minnesota Twins lost to the Houston Astros 16-8 on Monday. Santana struck out six, ending the game with a 1.75 ERA and 0.84 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Once Santana departed, Houston took advantage of a beleaguered bullpen, which was drained after Sunday's 15-inning loss to the Rays. The Twins allowed the Astros to score 11 runs in the eighth and three in the ninth. Santana, the majors' ERA leader, has allowed one or no earned runs in nine of his 11 starts while going 7-2.
May 23 6:53 PM PT7:53 PM MT8:53 PM CT9:53 PM ET21:53 ET1:53 GMT9:53 6:53 PM MST8:53 PM EST9:23 PM VEN5:53 UAE (+1)8:53 PM CT-Ervin Santana improved to 7-2, allowing two hits and two walks in a complete-game shutout, as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 on Tuesday. Santana struck out six, ending the game with a 1.80 ERA and 0.83 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: The majors' ERA leader had lost two of his previous three starts but has been sensational in his eight other outings, yielding one run or less while pitching six or more innings in each. Next up for Santana is an intriguing Memorial Day matchup with the mighty Astros at home.
May 18 2:29 PM PT3:29 PM MT4:29 PM CT5:29 PM ET17:29 ET21:29 GMT5:29 2:29 PM MST4:29 PM EST4:59 PM VEN1:29 UAE (+1)4:29 PM CT-Ervin Santana fell to 6-2, allowing five runs on six hits and four walks in 7.0 innings, as the Minnesota Twins lost to the Colorado Rockies 5-1 on Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader. Santana struck out three, ending the game with a 2.07 ERA and 0.89 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Santana allowed more than one run for just the second time in nine starts this season and saw his ERA rise from a major league-leading 1.50.
May 12 6:50 PM PT7:50 PM MT8:50 PM CT9:50 PM ET21:50 ET1:50 GMT9:50 6:50 PM MST8:50 PM EST9:20 PM VEN5:50 UAE (+1)8:50 PM CT-Ervin Santana improved to 6-1, allowing two hits and five walks over 7.0 scoreless innings, as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Friday. Santana struck out four, ending the game with a 1.50 ERA and 0.81 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Santana rebounded from his only non-quality start of the season with another stellar outing. He's allowed one run or less in seven of eight starts and has allowed just 23 hits in 54 innings.
May 7 4:17 PM PT5:17 PM MT6:17 PM CT7:17 PM ET19:17 ET23:17 GMT7:17 4:17 PM MST6:17 PM EST6:47 PM VEN3:17 UAE (+1)6:17 PM CT-Ervin Santana fell to 5-1, allowing six runs on five hits and three walks in 6.0 innings, as the Minnesota Twins lost to the Boston Red Sox 17-6 on Sunday. Santana struck out four, ending the game with a 1.72 ERA and 0.79 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Four of Boston's five hits off Santana left the ballpark, pushing the right-hander's ERA from 0.66. He has finished six innings in all seven starts this year.
May 3 8:49 AM PT9:49 AM MT10:49 AM CT11:49 AM ET11:49 ET15:49 GMT23:49 8:49 AM MST10:49 AM EST11:19 AM VEN19:49 UAE10:49 AM CT-Ervin Santana improved to 5-0, allowing three hits and three walks over 6.0 scoreless innings, as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Oakland Athletics 9-1 on Tuesday. Santana struck out seven, ending the game with a 0.66 ERA and 0.71 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Santana's unbelievable beginning to the season continues. He hasn't allowed more than one run while lasting at least six innings in all six of his starts, and opponents are hitting a meager .120 off him thus far. The 34-year-old is a must-use even in a potentially challenging matchup with the Red Sox coming up on Sunday.
Apr. 26 7:05 AM PT8:05 AM MT9:05 AM CT10:05 AM ET10:05 ET14:05 GMT22:05 7:05 AM MST9:05 AM EST9:35 AM VEN18:05 UAE9:05 AM CT-Santana (4-0) allowed a run, four hits and one walk with six strikeouts in seven innings of Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Rangers.
Analysis: He went into the game leading major league starters in ERA (0.64) and opponents' batting average (.099).
Apr. 20 2:58 PM PT3:58 PM MT4:58 PM CT5:58 PM ET17:58 ET21:58 GMT5:58 2:58 PM MST4:58 PM EST5:28 PM VEN1:58 UAE (+1)4:58 PM CT-Santana gave up one run, four hits and three walks while striking out five over six innings Thursday, but he did not receive a decision as the Twins lost 6-2 to the Indians.
Analysis: The right-hander has been great so far, going 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA in his first four outings.
Apr. 16 4:32 PM PT5:32 PM MT6:32 PM CT7:32 PM ET19:32 ET23:32 GMT7:32 4:32 PM MST6:32 PM EST7:02 PM VEN3:32 UAE (+1)6:32 PM CT-Santana pitched a one-hitter for the first complete-game victory by a pitcher in the major leagues this season, and the Minnesota Twins beat the White Sox 6-0 Saturday to stop Chicago's three-game winning streak.
Analysis: Santana (3-0) won his third straight start, striking out eight, walking one and retiring his final 18 batters as he lowered his ERA to 0.41.
Apr. 15 2:55 PM PT3:55 PM MT4:55 PM CT5:55 PM ET17:55 ET21:55 GMT5:55 2:55 PM MST4:55 PM EST5:25 PM VEN1:55 UAE (+1)4:55 PM CT-Santana was brilliant in Saturday's start against the White Sox, in which he spun a one-hit shutout and struck out eight while issuing just one walk.
Analysis: Santana yielded just a third-inning single to Omar Navarez and a leadoff walk to Avisail Garcia in the fourth before setting down the final 18 hitters to complete his ninth career shutout. The veteran righty has now opened the season by permitting only one run and five hits over 22 innings in winning three straight dominant starts.
Apr. 3 5:33 PM PT6:33 PM MT7:33 PM CT8:33 PM ET20:33 ET0:33 GMT8:33 5:33 PM MST7:33 PM EST8:03 PM VEN4:33 UAE (+1)7:33 PM CT-Santana gave up just two hits and two walks while striking out three over seven innings in Monday's 7-1 win over the Royals.
Analysis: Santana's next start will be Sunday against the White Sox. He was 2-2 with a 3.80 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in four starts against them last season, striking 21 in 21 1/3 innings.

Regular Season

Pitching Statistics
Year Team W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K WHIP ERA
2005 LAA 12 8 0 - 0 23 23 1 133.2 139 73 69 17 47 2 99 1.39 4.65
2006 LAA 16 8 0 - 0 33 33 0 204.0 181 106 97 21 70 2 141 1.23 4.28
2007 LAA 7 14 0 - 0 28 26 0 150.0 174 103 96 26 58 3 126 1.55 5.76
2008 LAA 16 7 0 - 0 32 32 2 219.0 198 89 85 23 47 2 214 1.12 3.49
2009 LAA 8 8 0 - 0 24 23 2 139.2 159 83 78 24 47 4 107 1.47 5.03
2010 LAA 17 10 0 - 0 33 33 4 222.2 221 104 97 27 73 2 169 1.32 3.92
2011 LAA 11 12 0 - 0 33 33 4 228.2 207 95 86 26 72 4 178 1.22 3.38
2012 LAA 9 13 0 - 0 30 30 1 178.0 165 109 102 39 61 2 133 1.27 5.16
2013 KC 9 10 0 - 0 32 32 0 211.0 190 85 76 26 51 3 161 1.14 3.24
2014 Atl 14 10 0 - 0 31 31 0 196.0 193 90 86 16 63 4 179 1.31 3.95
2015 Min 7 5 0 - 0 17 17 0 108.0 104 50 48 12 36 2 82 1.30 4.00
2016 Min 7 11 0 - 0 30 30 2 181.1 168 78 68 19 53 2 149 1.22 3.38
2017 Min 12 7 0 - 0 24 24 5 156.1 126 64 57 25 51 1 125 1.13 3.28
Career 145 123 0 - 0 370 367 21 2328.1 2225 1129 1045 301 729 33 1863 1.27 4.04

Hitting Statistics
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2006 LAA 33 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .250 .250 .250
2007 LAA 28 5 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 .200 .200 .400
2008 LAA 32 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2011 LAA 33 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500
2012 LAA 30 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2013 KC 32 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250
2014 Atl 31 63 7 7 1 0 0 1 2 28 0 0 .111 .138 .127
2016 Min 30 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2017 Min 24 10 3 2 1 0 0 5 0 3 0 0 .200 .200 .300
Career 370 103 11 13 3 0 0 8 2 49 0 0 .126 .143 .155

Postseason

Pitching Statistics
Year Team Round W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K ERA
2005 LAA Total 1 1 0 - 0 2 1 0 9.2 8 9 8 3 5 0 4 7.45
    LDS 1 0 0 - 0 1 0 0 5.1 5 3 3 1 2 0 2 5.06
    LCS 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 4.1 3 6 5 2 3 0 2 10.38
2007 LAA Total 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.00
    LDS 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.00
2008 LAA Total 0 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.1 8 5 5 1 0 0 3 8.44
    LDS 0 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.1 8 5 5 1 0 0 3 8.44
2009 LAA Total 1 1 0 - 0 4 0 0 5.2 5 3 1 0 4 1 5 1.59
    LCS 1 1 0 - 0 4 0 0 5.2 5 3 1 0 4 1 5 1.59
Career 2 2 0 - 0 8 2 0 22.2 21 17 14 4 9 1 14 5.56


Pitching Velocity

Pitch TypePitchesMaxMinAvgPct
Fastball 1261 96 88 92.8 52.06
Slider 871 89 79 84.5 35.96
Changeup 290 90 82 85.9 11.97

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