W-L ERA K Walks WHIP
2.05 8 2 0.82
Ramon Ortiz looks to continue his unlikely success for the Twins on Sunday as they conclude a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals.
The Twins (11-6) may not have expected much from Ortiz, who joined his fourth team in as many years after signing a $3.1 million, one-year contract on Jan. 22. He wasn't in high demand on the free-agent market after going 11-16 with a 5.57 ERA in 33 starts for Washington in 2006.
Ortiz, though, has been very effective in his first three starts with Minnesota. Besides being among the major league leaders in wins, Ortiz's 2.05 ERA is nearly a run better than Santana's. The right-hander limited Seattle to two runs and eight hits over seven innings Tuesday in an 11-2 victory.
Excellent control has been the key to Ortiz's success. He has walked only two batters in 22 innings this season.
"I throw strikes. That's what I do," Ortiz said.
But Ortiz has never performed well against the Royals, going 3-4 with a 7.09 ERA in eight starts. He has allowed 11 home runs in 47 innings against them.