Johan Santana: I’m Not Perfect

An article by posted on June 28, 2008

The Yankees beat the Mets today 3-2 in a rain-soaked game at Shea that saw the Mets fall back to two games below .500… again.

The Mets wasted yet another start from their new ace Johan Santana. That is now five straight losses in games that Johan Santana started. By the time he takes the mound again, it will have been a month since he last won a game.

Santana was clearly frustrated, but tempered his remarks and emphasized that we win and we lose as a team.

"All I know is that they brought me here to do a job and help the team and I have given them my best. It seems like every time I pitch I have to be absolutely perfect, or else we lose. I’m not perfect."

 "There were some tough calls particularly to Jeter and Abreu. They ended up costing us a couple of runs. I told the umpire he needed to be more consistent."

Carlos Beltran had a brutal day at the plate and struck out four times in the game.

"It’s very unfortunate for Santana, because he is one of the best pitchers we have. Every time he pitches we seem to have a problem getting on base and scoring runs. We can’t keep wasting his solid starts like this."

Jose Reyes was picked off of second base with two out and David Wright at the plate.

"It’s over. There is nothing more I can do. It happened. Speed and being aggressive is my game and sometimes that’s what happens. It’s over."

I wanted to share some the post game quotes. I’m trying to understand and read between the lines, but it’s tough to assess the mood of the team. Obviously, even with a managerial change, the Mets continue to be as inconsistent and as puzzling as they were two weeks ago.

As I said many time already, I think the Mets needed to do more than just a managerial change to shake this team up. Trot Nixon and Andy Phillips are not the answer, neither is demoting Claudio Vargas and calling up Carlos Muniz.

Maybe the addition of Ryan Church on Sunday will change the dynamics a little in that clubhouse… I mean it’s gotta help, right?

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