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Mr. Consistent

Posted at 1:38 PM on May 29, 2007 by Chris Dall

I heard a statistic in passing a few weeks ago on the radio, after Johan Santana lost to the Cleveland Indians on May 17, and I've been meaning to look it up ever since. The stat was that Santana had pitched at least 5 innings in 100 straight games. Well it is in fact true, and after yesterday's victory over Chicago, that streak is now at 102. The only other current starting pitcher with a similar streak is Curt Schilling, who went 147 games with at least 5 innings between 2001 and 2006.

That might be one for Mr. Santana to put on his resume for the next time he meets with Twins management to talk contract. It's hard to put a price on that type of consistency given the current state of major league pitching, but my guess is that the price starts somewhere around $20 million a year.

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