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THE BAD NEWS for American League hitters: After a 6--6 start, Twins ace and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana has won four straight starts and has a 1.29 ERA since June 19. The worse news: Santana is just getting to his favorite time of year. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2004, Santana, while effective before the All-Star break, has been far and away the game's most dominant second-half pitcher. Here's a breakdown of Santana's second-half performance in several major pitching categories (as well as where he ranks in the first half).
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ROY OSWALT: 29
JAKE WESTBROOK: 25
SANTANA: .914 (First-Half Rank: T29)
CHRIS CARPENTER: .786
Opponents' Batting Average?
SANTANA: .186 (First-Half Rank: 7)