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Ervin Santana | Starting Pitcher | #54

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / LAA
Contract: view contract details

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Ervin Santana fell to 15-8 after allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings Monday against the Yankees.
It's Santana's first loss since July 21. Including the one surrendered to Aaron Judge tonight, he's given up 30 homers, the second highest total of his career. Still, he's had a great season anyway, amassing a 3.34 ERA in 31 starts. Sep 18 - 10:49 PM

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Ervin Santana blanked the Padres for six innings and struck out seven in a no-decision Wednesday.

You have to be pretty lucky to get to face the Padres twice in a year as an AL pitcher, but Santana is blessed; he also hurled a complete game in a 5-2 win against them in August. Tonight, he left with a one-run lead, but that was blown in the eighth. Although he's not pitching quite as well as he did early in the year, he hasn't taken a loss since July 21.
Sep 14 - 1:52 AM

Ervin Santana yielded four runs over five innings in an 8-5 win over the Royals on Friday.

Santana allowed two runs through his first four innings before giving up three doubles in the fifth. He was pulled after throwing just 67 pitches. Santana is now tied for the AL lead with 15 wins and hasn’t lost since way back on July 21. He has a favorable matchup against the Padres coming up next.
Sep 9 - 2:03 AM

Ervin Santana yielded four earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Royals.

Minnesota wound up falling 5-4, though the loss went to reliever Alan Busenitz. Santana gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out just two of the 27 batters he faced. The veteran right-hander is showing some signs of fatigue as we move into the final weeks of the regular season, though he still owns an impressive 3.35 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 148/58 K/BB ratio in 182 2/3 innings overall. Up next is a road rematch versus Kansas City.
Sep 3 - 5:55 PM

Ervin Santana yielded three runs in 6 2/3 innings Tuesday in a victory over the White Sox.

Santana made 17 starts in the first three months of the season without ever once allowed two, three or four earned runs. Since the beginning of July, he's allowed two, three or four earned runs in nine of 11 outings (he's given up five once and one once). His ERA in the first three months (3.07) is better than what's come since (3.62), but the Twins are probably just fine with the increased consistency.
Aug 29 - 11:57 PM

Ervin Santana yielded two runs -- one earned -- and three hits in seven innings Wednesday against the White Sox.

Santana had been giving up quite a few more hits of late, though without ever falling apart. Tonight, he surrendered just three, the fewest he's allowed in a start since May (he allowed three or fewer in six of his first 10 starts). He'll get another chance to feast on the White Sox next time out and a start versus Tampa Bay after that, so if he was dropped in any mixed leagues, this isn't a bad time to own him.
Aug 23 - 11:38 PM

Ervin Santana yielded three runs over six innings in a 10-3 victory over the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Santana gave up two runs in the first inning before David Peralta slugged a solo shot in the second, but he held the D-Backs off the board the rest of the way. He fanned six batters and walked three in the victory. The veteran right-hander is now 13-7 on the year with a 3.33 ERA and 131/54 K/BB ratio in 162 1/3 innings over 25 starts. He’ll square off against the White Sox on the road next week.
Aug 19 - 12:22 AM

Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have tried to trade for Ervin Santana "multiple times."

However, Divish notes that any talks between the Mariners and Twins are "on hold" with Minnesota passing Seattle in the American League Wild Card standings. The Mariners are desperate for rotation help given all of their injuries, but it doesn't sound like Santana is a real possibility, at least not at this point. The Twins' righty holds a 3.28 ERA over 24 starts this season and is set to make $13.5 million in 2018, with a club option for 2019 and vesting option for 2020.
Aug 14 - 5:11 PM

Ervin Santana allowed two runs on four hits over nine innings in Wednesday's 5-2, complete-game win over the Padres.

This was Santana's fifth complete game of the season. No other pitcher has more than two. No team as a whole has more than four. In this most recent nine-inning gem, Santana struck out nine and walked one, with the only run-scoring damage on his watch coming on a two-run homer by Jose Pirela in the second inning. He needed just 110 pitches (82 of which he threw for strikes) to wrap it all up. The right-hander will carry a 3.28 ERA and 1.11 WHIP into a home start against the Brewers next time out.
Aug 2 - 6:15 PM

Ervin Santana is scheduled to start Wednesday's afternoon interleague series finale in San Diego.

Santana has posted a 2-0 record and 1.69 ERA across four career starts against the Padres. He has actually been better on the road this season than he has been at home, going 7-2 with a 2.59 ERA across 66 innings over 10 starts with the opposition hitting just .208 against him. He is also 4-2 with a 2.33 ERA in eight daytime appearances with the opponents hitting just .178 over 54 innings.
Aug 2 - 3:40 AM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Twins and Mariners had "fleeting discussions" about Ervin Santana.

However, he notes that there's "no momentum" for a trade as of Sunday morning. Santana made the All-Star team after a terrific first half but has posted a 5.46 ERA over 10 starts since the beginning of June. He's under contract for $13.5 million next season.
Jul 30 - 2:04 PM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Astros have done "background work" on Ervin Santana.

The Astros have been linked to a number of starters now including Francisco Liriano, Jeff Samardzija and of course Sonny Gray. Santana was dealing early in the year but has lost three of his last five outings for the struggling Twins while seeing a noticeable drop-off in his velocity. Houston's primary focus is still to bolster their bullpen but obviously they wouldn't mind adding another arm to their rotation.
Jul 27 - 5:37 PM's Mark Feinsand reports that the Twins are "fielding calls" on Ervin Santana and Jaime Garcia.

Minnesota could also move second baseman Brian Dozier and closer Brandon Kintzler ahead of Monday's trade deadline. Santana, a 2017 American League All-Star, boasts a 3.37 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 104/47 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings this season and he leads all MLB pitchers with three shutouts. The 34-year-old right-hander is due $13.5 million in 2018 and he carries a $14 million vesting option for 2019. Garcia was just acquired from the Braves, but the Twins have suddenly lost four straight games.

Ervin Santana pitched decently in Wednesday's no-decision against the Dodgers, allowing four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.

The All-Star right-hander racked up seven strikeouts on the night and didn't walk a batter. He allowed a pair of solo homers to Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig in the fourth and fifth innings respectively, then allowed the Dodgers to rally for two more before departing in the seventh. Santana now owns a 3.37 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 104/47 K/BB ratio on the season. He'll do battle against the Padres his next time out in San Diego on Wednesday.
Jul 27 - 1:40 AM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that if the Twins continue to struggle, they would consider moving Ervin Santana and Jaime Garcia.

The Twins have lost six of their last 10 games. They just traded for Garcia, but if they decide to declare themselves as deadline sellers, he could potentially move again. Santana is the more alluring candidate, though, having pitched to a 3.26 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in this surprise All-Star campaign.
Jul 26 - 8:08 PM

Depth Charts

C1Jason Castro
2Chris Gimenez
3Mitch Garver
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3Ehire Adrianza
3B1Miguel Sano
2Niko Goodrum
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Byron Buxton
2Zack Granite
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Robbie Grossman
2Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
S1Ervin Santana
2Jose Berrios
3Hector Santiago
4Adalberto Mejia
5Bartolo Colon
6Kyle Gibson
7Aaron Slegers
Relief Pitcher
R1Matt Belisle
2Taylor Rogers
3Tyler Duffey
4Glen Perkins
5Trevor Hildenberger
6Ryan Pressly
7Ryan O'Rourke
8Dillon Gee
9Alan Busenitz
10Nik Turley
11John Curtiss
12Trevor May
13Phil Hughes
14Buddy Boshers