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The Kansas City Royals are currently two games under .500 and five games back in the American League Central division. Starting pitcher Ervin Santana’s outstanding performance in the month of June is one reason while the Royals are staying competitive. His starts have given the rest of the rotation, and the team in general, the confidence they need to succeed this season.
The right-hander is 5-5 with a 2.64 earned run average, which is good for fourth among all AL starters. He also has 77 strikeouts and a 0.98 WHIP in 99 innings this year. More importantly, Santana has posted a 2-0 record with an outstanding 0.94 ERA, 20 strikeouts and a .165 opponent’s batting average in four starts in the month of June.
“We’re getting better each time we take the mound. More patience and more control and that’s a good thing for me,” Santana said, according to Royals.com.
Kansas City’s pitching staff in general has been incredible through the first two and a half months of the 2013 MLB season. The Royals have posted an AL-best 3.41 ERA with 19 saves and a .251 opponent’s batting average. The starting rotation in general has been great, as they have compiled a 3.64 ERA (second in the AL) and 327 strikeouts in 442 1/3 innings.
Kansas City’s offense has struggled to give the pitchers some run support, which is why the team is 34-36 and third in the division. However, as long as the pitching can continue to perform at a high level, the offense should be able to feed off the success and begin to carry their own weight.