Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana is coming off a dismal season with the Los Angeles Angels. With that being said, the right-hander has a great opportunity to start fresh with a new organization. Luckily, his first test will be against the Chicago White Sox, a team he has handled well in recent years.
The second game in the opening series is not all about Santana’s first start with the Royals. It is more about how he will be able to get the team back on track. There are high hopes for this season in Kansas City, and it will be up to Santana to make sure the team does not take a 0-2 dive right out of the gates.
The Royals suffered a tough 1-0 loss on Opening Day due to an incredible performance by White Sox ace Chris Sale. The left-handed completely stifled Kansas City’s offense, while Tyler Flowers hit a solo shot for the victory.
The good news for the Royals is that this was only one game. There is no question Santana will want to put forth a dominating performance in his first appearance with the team to prove that they did the right thing by acquiring him. The other good news is that the eight-year veteran has had plenty of success against the White Sox, especially at U.S. Cellular Field.
Santana posted one of his best performances of last season against Chicago on Sept. 21. The 30-year old struck out a career-high 11 batters while surrendering only one earned run on two hits in seven innings. He has also recorded a 3.02 earned run average in seven games (six starts) against the White Sox on their field.
It will certainly be a difficult task for Santana on Tuesday afternoon, but there is no doubt the veteran is ready to lead his new team to victory.