Zito is God wrote:
KolbSaves wrote:Three starts against three easy teams does not an elite make.
EXACTLY what I was thinking.
As I said above, you don't want to read too much into three starts. Just the same, it's just as unfair to discount his excellent performance against those three teams. After all, he's doing exactly what elite pitchers are supposed to do against weaker teams. Credit where credit's due.
As it stands, the first third of the season was a bust for Santana. The last two seasons he showed that he's got great potential, and that K/BB ratio was excellent. Anyone who Ks more than a batter an inning, while also maintaining a K/BB ratio of greater than 3 is worth keeping an eye on. His success as a starter last year warranted optimism for Santana this year, and continues to warrant optimism for the rest of the season.
Just as three starts against weaker teams does not make an elite starter, a bad third of a season does not a bust make.
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