Originally written on The Viril View: On the KC Royals  |  Last updated 11/9/14
by John Viril—Off-season acquisition Ervin Santana took the mound today in his first start for the Royals. He struggled through six innings in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to the White Sox in Chicago, displaying all of the red flags that skeptics used to criticize the trade that brought him to Kansas City. Santana’s fastball fluctuated between 92 and 90 mph—showing that he had not recovered the 2 mph velocity he lost during the course of last season. He gave up 3 home runs after hanging multiple pitches up in the strike zone. As blogger Rany Jazayerli pointed out, the gopher ball has been Ervin Santana’s nemesis throughout his career. Displaying both of these weaknesses in his first start does not bode well for the decision that put Ervin Santana in no. 2 spot in Kansas City’s rotation. Early on, Santana struggled with his location. He never solved as he left numerous pitches high in the strike zone. Multiple times throughout the day, Royals catcher Salvador Perez gestured with his glove to...
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