Apr 9, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ervin Santana (30) pitches against the New York Mets during the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves May Have Found An "Ace"

I’m fully aware that Wednesday night was Ervin Santana‘s first outing with the Atlanta Braves during a regular season game but Santana threw so well against the New York Mets, he just may the front of the line starter the Braves have been searching for.

When acquired by the Braves on March 12, 2014, Santana had not thrown a pitch in a game situation since September 25, 2013.  Pitching for the Kansas City Royals, Ervin gave up four runs and took the loss to make his season record 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA in 2013.  Then in the two games he started for the Braves in Spring Training, the 31-year-old gave up three runs in only 5 innings pitched.

Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Santana started the season with the Gwinnett Braves and started one start.  During his outing he lasted 5.1 innings giving up six runs, five earned runs, eight hits, four walks and had three strikeouts.

Ervin was called up to the Braves on Wednesday to start the grudge match with the Mets.

“Usually your first start after Spring Training, you kind of scatter the ball around a little bit but you can tell, this kind has command of his pitches,” Manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Santana.

Turns out he just need to see MLB pitching…well maybe NL MLB hitting.  And this could be the case for a great season ahead.  Santana has pitched his entire career in the AL with the Angels and Mets.

“Everything went the way I wanted it to, the best part was that I kept everything down,” Santana said.

Wednesday night, Santana went 8 innings not giving up a single run with no walks and only three hits given up.  He added six strikeouts and pitched up the win for the Braves.

“He does a terrific job of changing speeds on his pitches and fielding his position.  It’s going to be nice watching him start 27 or 28 more times this season and boy, I can’t wait to send him back out there in five days,” Gonzalez said.

So there you go, Braves fans can go to bed happy and wake up enjoying life – unlike yesterday when everyone seemed to already be writing off the Braves in 2014.

Santana next start is scheduled for next Monday night against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philly.


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