ERVIN SANTANA AND THE UNDER .200 BAA GANG

“BAA” is not just something bleeted by sheep, “BAA” or batting average against is one of the underwritten keys to great pitching.

Right now, Ervin Santana‘s batting average against is a simply ridiculous, record-shattering .134. Last night, he and his first-place Twins blanked the first-place Orioles, 2-0. Santana limited the O’s bats to two hits striking out five, walking two and retiring the final 14 batters on 42 pitches.

In Santana’s 10 starts this season, he has allowed as many as six hits, just once. This was his fourth start of allowing just two hits and he tossed a one-hit complete game shutout of the White Sox.

Santana/Keuchel/Sale are 1-2-3 in the AL Cy Young race at this point

Check out where Santana’s numbers stand

1st in AL in W (7)
1st in AL in IP (70.0)
2nd in AL in BB (27)
1st in AL in ERA (1.80)
2nd in AL in WHIP (0.83)
4th in AL in W% (.778)
1st in AL in CG (2)

But Ervin is not the only great pitcher in baseball this season

MLB – Under .200 BAA – 2017

(Minimum 5 starts)

Straily is clearly hurt by walks
Rk Player BA GS AB Tm CG SHO W L W-L% IP H R ER BB SO ERA HR 2B 3B
1 Ervin Santana .134 10 231 MIN 2 2 7 2 .778 70.0 31 14 14 27 50 1.80 7 3 0
2 Dan Straily .164 9 171 MIA 0 0 2 3 .400 48.2 28 21 20 22 48 3.70 6 12 0
3 Chris Sale .172 9 227 BOS 0 0 4 2 .667 65.2 39 17 16 13 95 2.19 4 6 1
4 Dallas Keuchel .186 9 221 HOU 1 0 7 0 1.000 63.2 41 14 13 14 54 1.84 6 5 0
5 Lance Lynn .188 9 192 STL 0 0 4 2 .667 53.1 36 19 15 19 50 2.53 9 5 0
6 Sean Manaea .189 7 127 OAK 0 0 2 3 .400 34.1 24 23 20 17 37 5.24 3 4 2
7 James Paxton .190 6 137 SEA 0 0 3 0 1.000 37.2 26 7 6 11 45 1.43 0 9 0
8 Ian Kennedy .193 7 135 KCR 0 0 0 4 .000 37.2 26 18 17 18 32 4.06 7 4 0
9 Alex Wood .194 7 160 LAD 0 0 5 0 1.000 43.0 31 11 9 13 52 1.88 1 5 0
10 Carlos Carrasco .197 9 203 CLE 0 0 4 2 .667 58.1 40 19 19 15 58 2.93 6 12 0
11 Clayton Kershaw .198 10 258 LAD 0 0 7 2 .778 71.2 51 18 16 8 72 2.01 7 8 2
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Generated 5/24/2017.

To truly appreciate how low (and unsustainable) Santana, Straily, and Sale’s rates probably are, here are all the starters with an under .180 BAA since 1913

On July 30, 1980, Richard suffered a stroke before a game that ended his career
Rk Player BA GS AB Year Tm G CG SHO W L W-L% SV IP H BB SO ERA HR 2B 3B
1 Ervin Santana .134 10 231 2017 MIN 10 2 2 7 2 .778 0 70.0 31 27 50 1.80 7 3 0
2 Dan Straily .164 9 171 2017 MIA 9 0 0 2 3 .400 0 48.2 28 22 48 3.70 6 12 0
3 J.R. Richard .166 17 391 1980 HOU 17 4 4 10 4 .714 0 113.2 65 40 119 1.90 2 13 1
4 Pedro Martinez .167 29 768 2000 BOS 29 7 4 18 6 .750 0 217.0 128 32 284 1.74 17 18 1
5 Luis Tiant .168 32 905 1968 CLE 34 19 9 21 9 .700 0 258.1 152 73 264 1.60 16 27 5
6 Brandon Beachy .171 13 286 2012 ATL 13 1 1 5 5 .500 0 81.0 49 29 68 2.00 6 7 0
7 Nolan Ryan .171 39 973 1972 CAL 39 20 9 19 16 .543 0 284.0 166 157 329 2.28 14 25 3
8 Chris Sale .172 9 227 2017 BOS 9 0 0 4 2 .667 0 65.2 39 13 95 2.19 4 6 1
9 Nolan Ryan .172 27 594 1991 TEX 27 2 2 12 6 .667 0 173.0 102 72 203 2.91 12 25 3
10 Tommy Byrne .172 11 460 1948 NYY 31 5 1 8 5 .615 2 133.2 79 101 93 3.30 8
11 Tom Hall .173 11 544 1970 MIN 52 1 0 11 6 .647 4 155.1 94 66 184 2.55 11 16 6
12 Chris Nabholz .176 11 245 1990 MON 11 1 1 6 2 .750 0 70.0 43 32 53 2.83 6 8 2
13 Joey Jay .177 12 339 1958 MLN 18 6 3 7 5 .583 0 96.2 60 43 74 2.14 8 12 2
14 Sandy Koufax .179 41 1205 1965 LAD 43 27 8 26 8 .765 2 335.2 216 71 382 2.04 26 29 7
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Generated 5/24/2017.