How will Johan Santana respond to the worst outing of his career?
This week's edition of Diamond Digits wonders what's next after the game's premiere ace got lit up brighter than Time Square, looks at some epic stretches of futility and examines a losing team that is primed to play for -- and is succeeding at reaching -- individual goals.
Santana, the active career ERA leader among those with at least 100 starts (3.12) is the latest elite hurler to get touched up for so many runs in so few innings. In fact nearly every top moundsman has experienced such a pounding, and what's important is that most of them bounce right back to form in their next outing. In the box to the right, check out how the rest of the top 10 in career ERA fared after getting rocked.
Since a seventh-inning single against Houston's
It's difficult for a pitcher to earn the honors here since position players have many more opportunities to succeed. However, this week's two-start performance from White Sox veteran righty
While Taveras had an epically poor week, going 0-for-22, he's not considered a star. Another NL Central leadoff man,