A pissed off Johan Santana shot back at rumors started by former Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson for saying Santana’s surgically repaired left knee is the reason. “How did he know that my knee hurts?” Santana said before the Mets played the Orioles. “That’s the question that I have. You guys tell me how did he find that out? Because it is crazy. Not even the trainers know. Not even me. I didn’t know my knee […]
It’s been a steady decline in performance for Johan Santana recently. It’s a decline that began on May 16th and culminated in an all time low point in his career on Sunday against the Yankees. Santana’s velocity has now dropped to 89 MPH on his fastball, which makes his usual lethal changeup a lot less lethal and his fastball a lot more hittable. He wasn’t fooling anybody out there on Sunday, and you could say […]
After a dominating start to the season which saw Johan Santana leading the league in several different pitching categories including ERA and strikeouts, it’s been a tremendous struggle since mid May and it may be time to start worrying. Johan Santana isn’t just struggling, his velocity has been decreasing and he barely got over 90 MPH today at Yankee Stadium. Since May 16 he has given up 45 hits and 26 runs in 36 innings with […]
I’ll make it short and sweet. First of all, no matter what anyone says, Johan did not show up Jerry Manuel. He is the ace - a veteran - and a little rebuttal against your manager is okay once in a while. He has earned it. As long as it’s conducted professionally and repectfully, which it certainly was. Secondly, it was Santana’s game to win or lose. (How many times have we heard that?) I think if he says he has […]
Okay, I wasn’t at Citi Field last night, but I could feel the energy in the park all the way from New York to Nashville. It was a playoff game in June, and the Mets continued their dominance of Philly when they absolutely had to have a win against them.
Johan Santana was absolutely brilliant last night… no not on the mound, but at the plate. His RBI double in the sixth inning proved to be the difference maker as the Mets topped the Phillies 6-5. On the mound it was a totally different story as Santana served up four homers, but on this damp Tuesday night in Citi Field before a packed house, the Mets bats had Santana’s back. Regarding his butcher-boy double, Santana had […]
Let’s kick off the first of our Fantasy Focus columns with some discussion of our beloved Mets. We’ll take an in depth look at their fantasy performance – which refers specifically to the following categories found in a ‘typical’ fantasy baseball league – Batting Average, Runs, HR, RBI, SB for hitters and Wins, Saves, ERA, WHIP, and K’s for pitchers. Then we’ll look a little beyond the numbers and I’ll give you my highly unsabermetric […]
For many years while the Atlanta Braves had a chokehold on the rest of the National League East, Turner Field was a veritable house of horrors for the New York Mets. Since it opened in 1997, the Mets are 34-66 at Turner Field and have had numerous crushing defeats, including some of the season-ending variety (see 1999 season). Last year, the Mets were 1-8 in Atlanta, easily their worst record against any team on the […]
The Mets defense keeps finding themselves in all sorts of predicaments when Santana is on the mound. Seven unearned runs as a result of 11 errors behind Johan. Usually you rely a team’s defense to bail the pitcher out of a jam. In Santana’s case, it’s the pitcher who bails his team out of their jams. That’s how good Santana is. The Mets keep putting Johan in harm’s way and he battles back every time to get himself, […]
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