Kansas City Royals’ Ervin Santana Can’t Overcome Intimidation From Yankee Stadium

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees obviously have Ervin Santana‘s number.

That’s okay though, because Santana is still having a solid season for the Kansas City Royals and likely is going to win a lot of ballgames before the season ends.

In his last nine starts against the Yankees, he’s 0-6 with a 7.30 ERA. Pitching at the new Yankee Stadium apparently doesn’t go well for Santana, who insists he’s not intimidated by the Yankees’ home park. It sure looks like he is, however. This was the first time in 18 starts this season that he hasn’t made it out of the sixth inning. He’s been usually tough against most of the teams he faces except the Yankees, who are fortunately not in his division.

The Royals are going to win a lot of ballgames because of Santana’s talent. Take away his woes against the Yankees and he’s still an excellent pitcher.

In five innings against the Bronx Bombers, he allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits while walking three and striking out four. He’s a completely different pitcher compared to his other starts when he was able to pitch at the .500 mark with an ERA of 3.37. In 123 innings, he’s had 27 walks, which demonstrates just how effective Santana is with his control. That said, he’s also allowed 110 hits, which is slightly higher than it should be for a pitcher at the top of the Royals’ rotation.

Santana might say the Yankees are just any other team, but the record proves that it is definitely not the case.

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