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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Two former Cy Youngs are ace-worthy

By ESPN Stats & Information


Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesJohan Santana threw his first shutout since August 12, 2010 as the Mets beat the Padres 9-0.
Four former Cy Young winners took the mound on Saturday afternoon, but only two pitched like aces. Let's take a look at the performances from this quartet:

Vintage Santana
Johan Santana continued his comeback from shoulder surgery, throwing his first shutout since August 12, 2010 as the New York Mets blanked the San Diego Padres, 9-0.

Santana was efficient, tossing just 96 pitches in the win. It’s the fewest pitches by a Mets pitcher in a nine-inning shutout since at least 2000 (as far back as complete pitch-count data is available).

Santana did not go a three-ball count for this time this season, after averaging five three-ball counts in his first nine starts. He threw 77 percent of his pitches for strikes, his highest rate since August 20, 2009.

Twenty-five of his 96 pitches (26 percent) were sliders, his second-highest percentage since the start of 2009. He got seven outs with the pitch, matching his most outs with the pitch over the last four seasons.

Sabathia brings the heat
Another New York lefty, CC Sabathia, also had a strong outing this afternoon, throwing seven innings of two-run ball as the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics, 9-2.

CC Sabathia
Sabathia
Sabathia allowed seven hits, including a home run, but was still able to avoid his first three-start losing streak since joining the Yankees in 2009. Without his best swing-and-miss stuff (had a season-low four strikeouts), Sabathia got 11 groundball outs, his second-most in a start this season.

Sabathia recorded 17 of his 21 outs with his fastball, three more outs than he's gotten with the pitch in any previous start this season. It matches the second-highest total of outs with his heater since the start of 2009.

Not the best Bartolo
The former Yankee and current A’s starter, Bartolo Colon, was on the losing end of that game in Oakland, allowing six earned runs in six innings. Colon is now 1-3 with a 7.96 ERA in five May starts, after going 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA in five April starts.

Colon threw 14 pitches on the inner third of the plate, but couldn’t jam the Yankee batters. They knocked out four hits on nine swings against those inside pitches, including Robinson Cano’s second-inning home run.

Peavy past his peak
In the Windy City, Jake Peavy allowed a season-high seven runs, but still got the win as the Chicago White Sox offense exploded for 14 runs and 17 hits in their victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Peavy has allowed a total of 13 earned runs over his last three starts, after giving up just 11 earned runs in his first seven starts combined. Peavy had trouble stranding runners today, as the Indians had four hits in six at-bats with runners on base against Peavy, including two home runs.