The Atlanta Braves debut for right-hander Ervin Santana could not have gone much better. The veteran Santana, who was signed seemingly out of desperation after two of the team's starting pitchers ruined their elbows, made his first start Wednesday at home against the New York Mets, and eight shutout innings later, having allowed three hits and nary a walk, with six strikeouts, Santana is 1-0.
The Braves are off to a 5-3 start thanks to their pitching, which has been outstanding (2.06 team ERA). Five Braves pitchers are owned in more than 90 percent of ESPN standard leagues, which is awfully rare. One is the game's top closer, right-hander Craig Kimbrel, who sure looked mortal Wednesday, and then the first four starters below. Let's take a closer look at the Braves rotation:
Santana: I generally have avoided this fellow in the past because of his year-to-year inconsistency; his good years have made him a fantasy boon, his bad years have killed fantasy teams.