Do you feel that? It's the heat of the summer. It feels good... like domination. It reminds me of summers past, of unhittableness, of bitches sat down, and of regular Cy Young runs. Yes, it is a good feeling. It makes me want to attend every home game he toes the rubber. -Because it is now the time that you might see something special.
At the beginning of the month, I remember watching Baseball Tonight. They were discussing what was "wrong" with Johan. Karl Ravage, I think, said something like "Someone is going to win a Cy Young in the American League this year, and his name won't be Santana." I chuckled.
I'm betting that Johan did too. He has done nothing but dominate over his last 4 starts. During that streach, he has thrown 29 innings and allowed a grand total of 5 earned runs. That's a 1.55 ERA. He's 3-1 in those starts, but he should be 4-0. True, he hasn't been racking up the huge strikeout numbers yet (he's K'd only 23 in those 29 innings), but everything else is vintage Johan.
Really, is this a suprise? Not to Twins fans who have watched this happen about the same time every year. It's like clockwork. Johan gets 75-80 innings under his belt, and then the world trembles in fear.
Yesterday, Baseball Tonight was talking about Johan again. They were talking about how dominant he has been lately. They were singing his praises again. Wow. What a suprise. Something tells me we'll be hearing it more and more over the next 3+ months. -And in late September they'll be talking about a probable third Cy Young Award.