UPDATES & NEWS
Ervin Santana got back on the winning track Saturday despite allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings in the Braves 9-5 road win over the Marlins.
Santana started off the season undefeated with a 4-0 record over his first six starts, but then fatigue probably set in due to his long layoff to begin the season as he went winless over his next three starts (0-2 over that span) before Saturday's victory that brought his season record to 5-2 with a less than respectable 4.10 ERA for a National League pitcher. Now would be a great time to try and move Big Erv as he has seen a big drop in his strikeout numbers having struck out less than seven batters over his last four outings, something that he had not done in his starts prior to that.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Mark Teixeira went 3-for-4 with a solo home run against the Mets on Saturday.
That’s Tex’s eighth home run of the year. He won’t continue to hit home runs at this rate, but it’s not unreasonable to think he can hit 25 or more this year. He has also drawn as many walks as he has strikeouts. And he’s hitting .254 despite a .163 BABIP. That’s mainly because most of the balls he’s hitting are leaving the yard right now, but it’s still encouraging for his batting average going forward. Analysis: Brett Talley