Old friend Carlos Santana, out there in Cleveland last night, just making it happen:
Game-winning grand slam yesterday. Walk-off home run today.
Carlos Santana is on 🔥 pic.twitter.com/cCULLbJFxD
— ESPN (@espn) August 13, 2019
Which begs the question: Where the hell was this at last season?
And in light of John Mallee’s dismissal as the Phillies’ hitting coach and the subsequent hiring of Charlie Manuel to fill that position this morning, here’s another question, which fair or not, will be asked: Did Santana’s resurgence in Cleveland help get Mallee fired?
I mean, Santana hit .229 with a .766 OPS with the Phillies. He’s up to .286 with a .939 OPS and has already surpassed his 24 homers of a season ago with 43 games remaining.
It’s an interesting question and one that can be answered in a variety ways – and yet it’s probably without a single definitive conclusion.
Contextually, here are some ways that Santana’s resurgence can be explained:
- He’s more comfortable now that he’s back in Cleveland where he spent the first eight seasons of his career.
- He’s back in the AL, which is typically thought to be the more offensively advantageous league.
Or, the local fan favorite theory:
- He’s out from the crippling grasp of the Phillies’ offensive teachings (or what was the crippling grasp of the Phillies’ offensive teachings).