Ervin Santana has a great job. He is paid millions of dollars. He gets (at least) four months of vacation a year. And most days he doesn’t even have to show up to work until three in the afternoon.
But there’s one part of Santana’s job that he hates: the traveling. He hates it so much, in fact, that he can’t even perform when he’s on the road. It’s a debilitating fear of foreign places. Or, in this cace, foreign stadiums.
Santana has never been a good pitcher on the road. But this year he’s been terrible.
From the L.A. Times:
In six road starts this season, Santana is 0-5 with a 9.30 earned-run average. In four home starts, he is 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA.
In his career, he is 9-16 with a 7.15 ERA on the road.
It’s been suggested that the Angels not allow Santana to pitch in away games. But that would screw their rotation up something awful.
It’s hard to imagine why Santana is so bad on the road, but he better figure it out fast or the fans of Los Angeles of Anaheim are going to turn on him fast. And then home sweet home won’t be so sweet.