Angels shut down Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver

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Having been eliminated from postseason contention with Monday’s loss, the Angels decided there was no need to push two of their top three starters any further.  They scratched Ervin Santana from his start Tuesday against Texas and Jered Weaver from Wednesday’s finale.

Tyler Chatwood and Garrett Richards are now scheduled to work the next two days.

It’s good news for the Rangers, who are one game up on the Tigers as they aim for home-field advantage in the ALDS.

Santana and Weaver had both already amassed career-high innings totals this year.  Santana was at 228 2/3, while Weaver was at 235 2/3 innings.

Santana finishes 11-12 with a 3.38 ERA.  While he’s had seasons of 17, 16 and 16 wins in the past, this year’s ERA was the lowest of his career.  2008 still ranks as his best season as a major leaguer, but his 2011 wasn’t too far behind.

Weaver, a Cy Young contender for the first four motnhs of the season, ends the year 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  The wins, ERA and WHIP are all career bests for him, though he didn’t come close to matching his strikeout total from a year ago (198, down from 233).

The Mets expect Tim Tebow to come back next year

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Mets assistant general manager John Ricco told Newsday today that he expects minor league outfielder Tim Tebow to return for a third season in professional baseball.

Tebow, 31, broke the hamate bone in his right hand while swinging a bat in late July, ending his season. It was a fairly successful season for him all things considered. After being promoted to Double-A Binghamton to start the year he hit .273/.336/.399 with six home runs, a stolen base and a .734 OPS in 298 plate appearances and made the Double-A All-Star team. That’s not the stuff of a top prospect — he strikes out far too much and the power numbers aren’t fantastic given that power would figure to be his strongest tool — but it’s pretty respectable for a guy his age and with his relative lack of baseball experience. As I said back in July, you can believe the Mets’ interest in Tebow is more marketing than baseball, but that does not preclude you from giving the guy a deserved tip of the cap for working hard and sticking it out in the bush leagues.

Assuming he does come back, the Mets are likely to start him at Triple-A Syracuse in the hopes that he’d eventually get to the bigs as a late season callup if the Mets aren’t in contention. Indeed, many believed that was the plan for him this year had he not been injured.