If Ervin Santana felt concern about losing his job in the Angels' starting rotation, he never let on. He had things under control, he said. He was fine.
His pitching lines said otherwise. Santana struggled to control his fastball, and he was giving up runs in bunches: 20 earned runs in 20 13 innings over four starts going into Saturday night's start against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Angels right-hander is nothing if not baffling. Out of nowhere, he pitched a one-hitter against the Diamondbacks in a 2-0 victory at Angel Stadium. He retired the first 20 batters of the game, took a perfect game into the seventh and allowed just two base runners.
How to explain the turnabout? It could have been that Santana felt his starting job was in jeopardy. With ace Jered Weaver (strained lower back) almost ready to come off the disabled list and rookie Garrett Richards having thrown well in one of his two starts, the possibility of sending Santana to the bullpen to sort out his trou...