Ervin Santana signing the biggest free agent contract in Twins history at $55 million over four years and then getting suspended 80 games for a performance-enhancing drug before throwing a pitch was … well, let’s say less than ideal for Minnesota.
However, since returning from his suspension three weeks ago Santana has pitched very well for the Twins. He’s thrown scoreless ball in back-to-back starts, blanking the A’s for 7.2 innings last Friday and shutting out the Angels for eight innings yesterday.
Overall in four post-suspension starts Santana is 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 21/7 K/BB ratio in 27.2 innings while holding opponents to a .196 batting average. Of course, if he continues to pitch well and helps the Twins reach the playoffs after four straight 90-loss seasons Santana won’t be eligible to pitch in the postseason due to the new suspension rules.