I got four words for you, probably the same four words that have been running through your mind most of this season.
Can anyone really be surprised at what's going on with Ervin Santana and his absolutely disastrous year so far? Early in the season this kind of pitching from him was tolerable, as funny as that is to say about a pitcher who gave up 10 homeruns and 20 earned runs in his first 4 starts, which came around to 23.2 innings pitched. It doesn't help that this "immaculate" rotation into the season has been plagued by a freak injury to Weaver and an incredibly sub-par season by Dan Haren. Good thing Williams has come into the picture in time to anchor this rotation down despite its struggles, and can't forget Garrett Richards and his 1 win in 2 starts in his short time up. Granted in one of those starts Richards struggled mightily against the Dodgers, but his struggles against the Dodgers speak louder than his masterful start against the Mariners as Richards was able to keep to Angels in the game long enough to come away with the victory. Speaking of Richards....
Does his arrival in Anaheim put Ervin Santana's job in jeopardy?
Two reasons for that:
1. Santana is in a walk year, and with his Kazmirian 5.74 ERA and 3-7 record in 13 starts this team isn't as obligated to stick with him in the rotation as they would be had he had a future with this team secure. If Santana is going to harm this team any further it wouldn't be as hard to shove him in the pen or put him in an extended DL stay to let Richards take over the 4-spot and show that he can do a better job, which we are all optimistic he can.
2. Garrett Richards is still only a rookie, and he only has one more start before Weaver comes back and he is sent back down to Salt Lake for the time being. Richards is going to take over Santana's job eventually, it's just a matter of when. Is it this month? Is it next year? Depending on how Santana pitches, and if he's lucky enough to avoid any freak injury, Richards probably won't have a shot at cracking the rotation permanently. Plus it's not like he'd be taking Santana's job next year, he'd be taking Williams spot in the rotation with Williams deservedly being moved up, so the dethroning won't be nearly as sweet.
Santana has always been plagued by inconsistency; it's just a matter of which Santana is becoming more dominant. The no-hitter Santana, or the 2012 Santana? Right now it seems like 2012 Santana is in control and I'm sure the management is aware of this, especially after his start back in Colorado that was so horrifically bad I'm having trouble coming up with a good analogy for it, so I'll just have to compensate for the lack of analogy after the jump.