This is pretty interesting, from a guy's column on talentedmrroto.com I just read about the reason why santana is struggling:
Has anyone noticed that Johan Santana is giving up home runs at twice his career rate? Eventually, someone will take a look at the video tape wondering why Santana is giving up so many bombs and say, "hey, I don't even have to look at the catcher to know what he's gonna throw". Yes, he's a flyball pitcher but unless the wind is gusting out with gale force in every stadium he's pitching in (including the Metrodome), that isn't why he's giving up as many home runs as he is.
Will someone please tell the Minnesota Twins that Johan Santana is tipping his pitches? While he's getting a four finger grip on the baseball to throw his change-up, he fans his glove a little and keeps it open up to the point of delivery. When he throws his fastball - which has a two-finger grip - his glove is almost closed. The only way it could be more obvious for a hitter standing 60 feet away is if he were flashing a neon sign above his head saying "fastball" and "change-up". Watching his last home start, I was able to predict 90% of the pitches I saw. The percentage would have been higher had he not mixed in a half dozen or so sliders.
I've heard two broadcasters mention it in the televised games. If they can see it from the booth, why isn't one of his teammates on the field picking this up? Someone, say, like his catcher. The crazy thing is his pitches are so good, that even when the hitters know what's coming they still strike out at a high rate. Once this gets corrected, Santana will get back to his projected level of excellence.
I thought it was interesting that the writer noted the local sportscasters have mentioned this during broadcasts....you would have to figure this has found its way to the coaching staff and/or Johan himself....I definitely think this is a positive and look forward to the results once he stops showing batters what they are about to get.
this is goooood news... now, if he can only fix it quickly...
Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he'll drown because you forgot to teach him to swim.
[url=http://www.indra.com/8ball/front.html]Invaluable Fantasy Baseball Resource[/url]