KANSAS CITY, Mo. Former Angels right-hander Ervin Santana is virtually the perfect fit for the Royals, at least according to former Royal and present Angels broadcaster for Fox Sports West, Mark Gubicza.
This is really a chance for Ervin to get out of the shadows here and be his own guy, Gubicza said by phone Tuesday. And it's a chance for him to prove he can be a No. 1 guy and get away from his comfort zone.
He's always been the 'great prospect' and an Angels draft pick, so he kind of lived in that comfort zone. Now he's going to a new place and he can prove how good he really is, and not be compared to Jared Weaver or Dan Haren or C. J. Wilson or any of the other pitchers that have been here.
Santana, acquired last week by the Royals, almost immediately assumes the role of ace with the Royals.
He's ready for that, Gubiza said. No question about it. There's no question about his stuff. I think now he'll have to really focus on being more consistent because this is a big year f...