For three years southpaw Johan Santana was nearly unhittable. He won two Cy Young Awards for the Minnesota Twins, in 2004 and 2006, during a three-year stretch when he went 55-19 with a 2.75 ERA and averaged 250 K’s per season. In 2008 he signed a lucrative free agent deal with the New York Mets where he continued to pitch well despite injuries that forced him to miss part of 2009 and all of 2011.
On June 1, 2012, Santana pitched a no-hitter against the defending World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. It was the first no-hitter in the history of the New York Mets. It was Santana’s second consecutive shutout.
Santana has won the ERA title three times – twice with the Twins and once with the Mets. The Venezuelan native went 93-44 (.679 win percentage) in eight years with Minnesota.
(As of July 25, 2012)