Ervin Santana pitched another gem Monday afternoon against the Padres. He pitched 8.0 shutout innings and allowed just 5 hits while striking out 11 batters. He has won three games in a row and five of his last six starts.
Analysis: We all know that Ervin Santana is not the most consistent pitcher out there, however, he seems to have found some semblance of consistency recently. Last year he recorded a 3.24 ERA, 3.69 xFIP and a 1.14 WHIP. This year has been more of the same through 131.1 innings on 20 starts- 3.63 ERA, 3.24 xFIP and a 1.23 WHIP.
Santana ranks 49th in ERA, 41st in WHIP, 28th in strikeouts and 23rd in wins. He has pitched very well over the last year and one half. Even at thirty-one years of age his velocity is the same it was seven years ago. Santana is relying more on his changeup and pounding the bottom of the strike zone this year with the Braves and his ground ball rate of 47% this season is 7% above his career average.
Ervin Santana is available in 7-15% of fantasy leagues. His next scheduled start is Saturday against the Padres again.