Ervin Santana Trade Value To Zero As Angels Fall Six Back in Division

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 21: Ervin Santana #54 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim wipes his face with a towel against the Texas Rangers as he sits in the dugout after giving up six runs in an inning and two-thirds at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 21, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

Final Score in Anaheim: Rangers 9 Angels 2

"You know, I don't care about it," Santana said of your negative noise. "I wasn't even thinking about that. I just play my baseball and that's it. I don't care what they say or what they do." Ervin Santana (SOURCE)


Angels starter Ervin Santana turned in one hell of a crappy performance this afternoon giving up more runs than outs this afternoon. He went 1.2 IP giving up 6 runs (all earned) and serving up three HRs to an offense that needed no life support. Whatever trade value Santana may have had prior to today's start has evaporated and GM Jerry DiPoto will have to be extra creative in getting help for the starting rotation.

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The bullpen today came in and gave up three runs the rest of the way. Most notably David Carpenter, who was first to relieve Santana, pitched four innings while giving up only one run. LaTroy Hawkins got four outs without a run scoring and Hisanori Takahashi pitched the final two innings. Taka did serve up a 2-run shot to Ian Kinsler in the 8th which is why he remains in the bullpen "B" squad.

The offense was held to a mere two runs on four hits but managed to strand 14 runners on the basepaths. Not going to get it done against a team like this. You can't reasonably expect to win 2-1, 3-2 against an offense like Texas. Tomorrow, Dan Haren will return to the rotation and take the ball in the series finale. Will we get the Dirty Dan Haren of prior seasons or will the Haren of the last few starts be on the mound?

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