Last winter, Nelson Cruz sat by his phone lonesomely awaiting a call from anyone. He must have been motivated by the howling silence leading up to his one-year, $8 million deal with Baltimore, because, as you know, he led the league in home runs with 40 and put himself in an excellent position to avoid the same situation this winter.
But who knows? Maybe he’ll go through the whole...
Philadelphia Phillies (72-87) at Atlanta Braves (77-82)
PHI: Jerome Williams (4-2, 2.45 ERA)
MIA: Ervin Santana (14-10, 3.88 ERA)
Time: 7:05 EST, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Clear, 78
Media: Twitter and Facebook
A note for today: The Phillies return home to close out a dreadful 2014 season. The Braves aren’t too hot themselves. Nonetheless...
#456000374 / gettyimages.com There is no questioning this season has been just awful for the most part. The Phillies (72-87) head into the final weekend of play in last place in the NL East, a place they haven't been in at this time since 2000. Sure, there have been many...
Mike DavisContributing WriterThe Boston Red Sox need to make every effort to sign Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda. In recent years, there have been many successful pitchers that have come from Japan, like Yu Darvish. The Sox really need a number one or two starter. Their rotation has been horrible since the Jon Lester trade, but if we can get Maeda this would help solve one of...
You would expect your executioner to be dressed in all black to end your life ceremoniously … with pomp and circumstance and an angry mob ready for blood.
The executioner of the 2014 Atlanta Braves came in the form of a long haired former shortstop … with power and precision and a mildly perturbed crowd of 35,354 ready for another trip to the Waffle House line.
ATLANTA -- Ervin Santana didn't pull any punches after his 10th loss of the season Sunday.
Santana pitched five innings and allowed five earned runs and six hits to the New York Mets. It was just the sixth time he'd allowed five or more earned runs in a start this season. The outing pushed his ERA up to a still-solid 3.88, and the starting pitcher allowed his emotions to...
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The Mets will look to complete a sweep of their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday at Turner Field, something they haven’t done since since 2007. Jacob deGrom (8-2, 1.92) will get the starting assignment for the Mets while the Braves counter with RHP Ervin Santana (14-9, 3.74) in a 1:35 PM matchup.
In his last start, deGrom tied the modern-era major league record...
Ervin Santana Atlanta Braves – Photo Credit – LWYang
After losing three consecutive games over the weekend to the worst team in baseball in the Texas Rangers, the Washington Nationals head to Atlanta to play the Atlanta Braves for three games at Turner Field. Following this week’s series with the Nationals, the Braves schedule will host final regular season home stands against...
For the first time since September 2013, the Atlanta Braves lost a series to the Washington Nationals, and it couldn't have come at a worse time. Stuck in a logjam in the National League wildcard race, the Braves needed to string together a couple good outings in Washington to try and gain some ground.
Instead, with two straight losses at Nationals Park, their backs are against...
A few hours before the Washington Nationals began taking batting practice off of Ervin Santana (7 hits, 5-0 game entering the third inning), Ryan Zimmerman took batting practice on field with his mates for the first time since blowing out his hammy.
"Running is the biggest thing. I don’t want to downplay hitting and throwing, because it’s my back leg, and a lot of that...
The rivals meet again. For the last time at Nationals Park and the second-to-last time this season, the Washington Nationals (80-61) and the Atlanta Braves (74-69) will fight for the NL East.
The Nationals have a comfortable seven-game lead on the division, but a strong showing from the Braves could make the Nats sweat down the stretch.
The Braves currently lead the season series...
"To smell baseball is to love baseball."
With those words, Braves pitcher Ervin Santana, who often ends his tweets with the hashtag #SmellBaseball, begins his explaination, in great detail, for why he has a deep love of the national pastime in this hypnotizing video.
Ervin Santana was more hittable than he has been for most of 2014 on Wednesday afternoon. Santana allowed four runs in six innings and the only way the Braves would be able to win was if the bullpen and offense picked up Santana. In a completely unexpected turn of events thats exactly what happened as the Braves scored seven runs and the bullpen threw three shutout innings in a 7...
Philadelphia Phillies (64-74) vs. Atlanta Braves (72-67)
PHI: David Buchanan (6-7, 4.03 ERA)
ATL: Ervin Santana (13-7, 3.53 ERA)
Time: 12:10 ET, Turner Field
Weather: 81, partly cloudy, humid
Media: Twitter and Facebook
A Note for Today: The Phillies are looking for a sweep of Atlanta and are going with a lefty-heavy lineup today.
When starting pitcher Ervin Santana walked the bases loaded in the first inning, things didn't seem like they were going to go well for the Atlanta Braves. But Santana got out of that opening frame unscathed, and calmed down to hurl a good six innings of one-run baseball.
The game was won in the later innings, however, long after Santana had exited. Justin Upton led the way...
Time is running out on the Miami Marlins' slim wild-card chances, but hope isn't completely lost with six of their next nine games against the playoff- hopeful Atlanta Braves.
The problem for the Marlins entering Friday night's series opener is their top two hitters are scuffling and have struggled mightily against Ervin Santana, who also happens to have won his last...
Via AP on Fox
August 29, 2014
Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 1-0 loss to the Reds, a crucial defeat that precluded Atlanta (68-62) from claiming partial ownership of the National League's second wild card slot.
1. Let's talk about the one chick in the Rusty beret as our placeholder
Here's hoping you didn't visit the kitchen or bathroom during the first inning of this rain...
After going unbeaten over the last month-plus, Ervin Santana is on the verge of matching the longest winning streak of his career.
He would appear to have a good chance to do so against the punchless Cincinnati Reds, who are looking to avoid their longest losing streak in five seasons Saturday night.
Santana is 6-0 with a 2.98 ERA over his last seven starts, a stretch during which...
Via AP on Fox
August 23, 2014
After dropping to .500 on the season the Atlanta Braves pulled off a weekend sweep of the Oakland Athletics. On Monday the Braves kept to their new-found winning defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in their series opener at PNC Park.
The Braves scored six runs – five earned – in the first inning against Pirates starter Vance Worley. Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons each homered...
After speedy Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon tallied his 52nd stolen base of the season with a swipe of second base against Braves pitcher Ervin Santana last night, a hilarious showdown ensued that featured Santana daring Gordon to proceed to try and take third. Santana’s lucky he didn’t get called for a balk as he egged Gordon on from the rubber, as he appeared to flinch...
Ervin Santana won his sixth straight start at Turner Field, Justin Upton drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and the Atlanta Braves snapped a two-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
Andrelton Simmons returned to the lineup after missing six games with a sprained left ankle and had two RBIs for the Braves, who had lost 11 of 13...
Via AP on Fox
August 13, 2014
ATLANTA (AP) Ervin Santana won his sixth straight start at Turner Field, Justin Upton drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and the Atlanta Braves snapped a two-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
Andrelton Simmons returned to the lineup after missing six games with a sprained left ankle and had two RBIs for the Braves, who had lost...
Via AP on Fox
August 13, 2014
You can’t say the Dodgers didn’t have their chances here, you know. They put 15 men on base and brought in only two, both on run-scoring second inning singles off the bats of Carl Crawford and Miguel Rojas — two of five hits they got that inning after Ervin Santana struck out the side in the first. They even managed to get the bases loaded in the ninth inning against the basically...
In the recent Washington-Atlanta weekend series, there was some hubbub about Bryce Harper dragging a cleat across the “A” logo drawn in the dirt behind the home plate umpire’s customary position.
DC Sports Kings investigative reporter Michele Kettner recently found this Dan Steinberg tweet. Steinberg, who writes for the Washington Post, did some research and shared it with...