Friday, April 3, 2009

7 Days, 7 Years: 2006

That's right, assholes, only 7 days left until winter officially ends and God returns to us the smell of freshly cut grass, pine tar, steroid allegations and wintergreen skoal. So, in honor of this divine festival of baseball, day-drinking and tears of joy, we will be counting down the top pitching performances from the past 7 seasons, starting with 2002, and ending with 2008. Feel free to disagree in the comments. Or short walk, long pier. Either way, it's time to rejoice.

2006 - Johan Santana, Minnesota Twins

Stats: 19-6, 2.77 ERA, 245 K's, American League Cy Young Award Winner

Johan is the first (and only) repeat on this list, so I think we can skip the formalities and dive right into his stats.
  • 19 games with at least 7 K's
  • 9 games with double-digit K's
  • 0.997 WHIP
  • Twins were 27-7 in games started by Santana
Not one to be topped by previous heroic feats, Santana dominated the second half of the season, accumulating numbers that make statisticians sob uncontrollably in their mom's basements. Observe:

15 GS, 102 IP, 10-1, 2.37 ERA, 107 K's, .209 BAA

During this stretch of Johan raking, the Twins went 13-2 in his starts and ended up winning the Wild Card. They folded to the A's in three games, showing less offense than Paris Hilton in an "Avoid the Dick" contest. But Santana did his part, though - in one start he pitched 8 innings with two earned runs and 8 K's.

Another gem season in the books for Johan. Now, if his new team could fucking propel themselves into the playoffs, then we'd be able to witness the postseason domination Johan's shown in the past...

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