ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For all anybody knows, Ervin Santana might be nearing the end of his Angels tenure. There could be one more start on his schedule, maybe two.
If his career in an Angels uniform is indeed about to end, he can be soothed by the fact he's going out with his best stuff.
In a season of inconsistency and unmet expectations, Santana is finishing with a flourish. He's throwing strikes, mixing his pitches, keeping hitters off balance and winning games.
He's also in the last year of a four-year, 30 contract he signed with the Angels in 2009. There's a club option for 13 million next season, but the Angels can also buy him out for a paltry 1 million.
In effect, Santana is pitching to keep his job.
"I don't even think about that," he said late Friday night. "I just think about right now. When they give me a chance to pitch, I'm going to pitch and do my job. If it's going to happen, it's going to happen."