Ervin Santana and Los Angeles Angels Set Embarrassing, Unbelievable Record

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 5, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13:  Ervin Santana #54 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the New York Yankees during the home opener at Yankee Stadium on April 13, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Players want to have their names in the record books—but not for records like this. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have had very few things to celebrate this season, and on Friday night they set a record that would have been better left unbroken.

Ervin Santana, who is now 0-6 this season, took the loss once again for the Angels against the Toronto Blue Jays, despite only allowing three runs and striking out 10 batters.

Santana is off to a terrible start this season, but what exactly goes into an 0-6 start?

Factors that result in records being broken.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats and Information), the Angels have been shut out five straight times when Santana starts.

The Angels have not scored a run for Santana since April 8.

This is the first time in MLB history that a pitcher has received no run support in five straight outings, breaking the previous record of four straight outings held by 11 different pitchers.

Santana has not had very many good starts this season. He has lost every start this year, and only his last two starts have been stellar. His previous four had been dreadful. He allowed 10 home runs in his first four starts of the season.

The Angels, however, have enough firepower to overcome a few bad outings by their starter. They should be able to put some runs on the board and avoid setting such an embarrassing record.

The names in the batting order makes this record almost unbelievable.

It is inconceivable to think that the Angels could not score one run for Santana in almost a month's worth of starts.

Santana might hold the record, but this is truly a team effort.