When the 2013 fantasy baseball season began not many people had Kansas City Royals SP Ervin Santana on their radar. They thought he was over the hill and he certainly looked like it in the beginning of the year.
However, the 30-year-old righty has been rather impressive over the last couple weeks. Through the month of June, Santana had four trips to the mound. He is 2-0 in those starts with a sizzling 0.94 ERA through 28.2 innings of work. He has lasted at least seven innings in each start and has shockingly only walked four batters over the span.
Santana’s performance in the month of May was a completely different story. He was 0-4 and posted an embarrassing 4.72 ERA. Kansas City didn’t win a single game over that stretch and was probably pretty close to sending him down to the minors.
The Dominican was simply giving up too many long balls earlier in the year. He surrendered 18 earned runs last month, including giving up a ridiculous nine home runs through his five starts. This month, though, Santana has only allowed one home run and has looked much more posed on the bump.
Santana has been able to lower his ERA down to 2.64 ERA and is still sporting an untouchable 0.98 WHIP. Record not withstanding; Santana is having the best season of his career. His career-best ERA was 3.38 back in 2011 and his career-best WHIP was 1.12 back in 2008. Santana’s numbers this season are blowing those out of the water.
Santana has since rejuvenated his career and his fantasy value in the process. If you have him on your roster, keep him active and continue to ride the wave.