Santana’s rough year continues

It’s been a tough spring for Carlos Santana, who is barely above the Mendoza line at the season’s quarter-pole.

His .207 batting average ranks among the worst in recent history through 45 games, but is compounded by the fact that he continues to bat cleanup.

The only Indian the last 50 seasons with at least 125 plate appearance in the four-hole through 45 games to post an average lower than Santana was Andre Thornton (.183 in 1986).

Can Carlos Santana turn it around?

Carlos Santana is one of just six Indians over the past 20 seasons to post a batting average under .200 through the team’s first 30 games (min. 100 PA).¬†And while 30 games is a small portion of the 162 games schedule, he may have already dug himself a hole too deep to climb out of.

Of the previous five, only Asdrubal Cabrera in 2008 was able to raise his season average above .250 after the slow start. And you have to go all the way back to Toby Harrah in 1979 to find the last time a player raised his average above .275 after this type of start.

Like Harrah did with his .373 BA through June and July, Santana is going to need to catch fire in order to raise the batting average to a respectable level. His walk off grand slam looked like it may be a turning point, but he’s just 3-15 in the four games since.

While the Tribe’s 21-9 start is certainly encouraging, it’s going to be difficult to keep up this pace with a cleanup hitter batting below the Mendoza line.