tmlfan4ever wrote:Even in the earlier part of the season he was really struggling to get deep into ballgames - Im a concerned owner, that's for sure.
From 2007-2008 Santana started 67 games and only went more then 7 IP in 14 of them or 21%, so he's not a guy you expect to throw a 8 or 9 innings very often. This year 8 of his 16 starts went 7 innings and one went 7 1/3 innings. In terms of IP per start here are the numbers: 2007 - 6.63 IP, 2008 - 6.89 IP, 2009 - 6.40 IP. The point is that at least in terms of IP Santana isn't really much different this year then he was the last 2 years. June hasn't really been any different then normal in terms of IP, with the game vs the Yankees being an exception. Obviously the results from those IP haven't been normal for him, but my point is he's not really struggling to pitch as many innings normal for him this year, which seems to be your basis for concern.