Ervin Santana served up an AL-high 39 homers in 178 innings last season on the way to posting a 5.16 ERA that convinced the Angels to dump him on the Royals.
Santana made his Royals debut today and allowed three homers in six innings, as Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo, and Tyler Flowers all took him deep.
Bert Blyleven holds the single-season record for homers allowed with 50 in 1986, but he threw a league-leading 272 innings that season. Santana, who’s making $13 million this season, has now allowed 42 homers in his last 182 innings dating back to 2012. Just for comparison, Gio Gonzalez, Felix Hernandez, and Tim Hudson combined to allow 35 homers in 610 innings last season.