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The hard luck tale of Ervin Santana

Ervin Santana threw a scoreless 7th in relief

Ervin Santana threw a scoreless 7th in relief for the Angels, but walked Robinson Cano - who would later score - to open the 8th. (October 25, 2009) Credit: Getty Images

Ervin Santana is the Albert Pujols of the Angels rotation. And we don't mean that in a good way.

Despite a stellar 2011 which saw him post a 3.38 ERA and toss a no-hitter, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hurler has fallen apart this season. And so has his offense when he's on the mound.

Santana is 0-6 with a 5.59 ERA, allowing four runs or more in four of his six starts. He's the first Angels pitcher to lose his first six starts of a season and is the first pitcher since at least 1974 to have his team shut out in five consecutive starts.

You read that right: In Santana's last five starts the Angels offense has produced exactly zero runs. Here are the Angels results for all of Santana's starts this season:

April 8, Kansas City: 7-3 loss
April 13, Yankees: 5-0 loss
April 18, Oakland: 6-0 loss
April 24, Tampa Bay: 5-0 loss
April 29, Cleveland: 4-0 loss
May 4, Toronto: 4-0 loss

Here is Santana's year-by-year average run support:

2012 – 0.50
2011 – 3.70
2010 – 5.08
2009 – 4.63
2008 – 4.26
2007 – 4.58
2006 – 5.66
2005 – 4.39

But this isn't just a case of Santana's offense letting him down. The pitcher has struggled this year, and it's a carryover from the end of last season.

Dating back to Sept. 6, 2011, Santana has now lost his last nine decisions. He has a 5.08 ERA during that span.

Ouch.

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