From 2003 to 2007, the Minnesota Twins had an ace pitcher in Johan Santana. The crafty lefty starting pitcher, Santana, posted an 82-35 record in that five-year stint. He quickly became known for his unbelievable change up and ability to rack up strike out after strike out. When Santana was traded to the New York Mets, the Twins lacked a number one pitcher that consistently won games.
In 2015, the Twins signed another Santana, this one being Ervin. Ervin Santana was supposed to be a number three starter in the rotation. His role was to pitch big inning and produce wins for the Twins. In his first two seasons, Santana went 7-5 with 4.00 ERA and then went 7-11 with a 3.38 ERA.
This season has been a bit different for Santana. He has been one of the best pitchers in the league so far which is starting to be recognized around the league. Santana ranks among the best in the bigs in the categories of wins, ERA and innings pitched. Santana has an ERA of 1.80, which leads the league. He also is number one in the MLB in wins with seven and number two in innings pitched with 70.
Santana has already pitched two complete game shutouts so far in this 2017 season. His first complete game shutout came in a 6-0 win against the Chicago White Sox back in April. His second complete game shutout recently came in a game Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles. Santana became the first pitcher since Carl Pavano in 2010 to shutout the Orioles at Camden Yards. Santana has earned the nickname Ervin “Cytana” around the Twin fan base.
If he continues to pitch the way he has been, he would be the first Twins pitcher to win the CY Young since Johan Santana in 2006.