After having a great 2011 season, Carlos Santana came into 2012 with people thinking he was the next Victor Martinez for the Cleveland Indians. Santana failed in that mission at least last season with 18 home runs and a .252 average for Cleveland as the team faltered down the stretch. Santana gets the chance to relax a little this season as the team has made several moves to take pressure off of Santana.
Santana should be able to settle into a place in the batting order where he will get RBI chances all the time with players like Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher on the roster. There are people who will point out that Santana had a better batting average last season and fewer strikeouts than 2011, but with how big the expectations were, Santana just didn’t hit his potential. That is going to change in a big way during the 2013 season for the Indians.
Cleveland is a much different team this season and with that will bring Santana more offensive numbers. I really believe that Santana is going to finish with around 100 RBI this season for a Cleveland team that could finish around the .500 mark. Santana is becoming one of the best catchers in all of Major League Baseball and that’s not going to change this season. The Indians will be one of the biggest surprise teams from a year ago coming into this year. They will shock and surprise a lot of teams in the American League and one of the biggest factors in that shock will be a much more relaxed Santana.