Mets Terry Collins on Johan Santana Spring Shut Down

“You could just tell. One of the things last year at this time that he really showed was that great feel for the changeup. He was trying to build up some velocity and he didn’t have a real good feel for his release point. But at least he had the arm speed, and the other day I didn’t see much arm speed.”

-Terry Collins of Johan Santana’s spring shut down until March 10-15

Video: Matt Harvey Hit Hard by Charlotte

Last night in Buffalo Matt Harvey got hit hard by the Charlotte Knights in a 11-0 loss. Harvey gave up 6 runs in only 5 innings on 7 hits and 2 walks, although he did have 6 K’s. He threw 96 pitches, 61 for strikes. It’s a disappointing start for Harvey in his second audition for a spot in the Mets rotation after Miguel Batista was shellacked by the Dodgers yesterday.

Here’s some video of Harvey’s post-game interview.

 

Mets Johan Santana Struggles Again Against Dodgers

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 20:  Johan Santana #57 of ...
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 20: Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets walks back to the dugout after the final out of the second-inning during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at CitiField on July 20, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Johan Santana got bombed last by the Dodgers for 6 runs in 3 innings. It’s the third straight really bad start that he’s had. The Braves got him for 6 runs in 5 innings and the Cubs got 7 runs in 4.2 innings against him. It’s undeniable that he’s struggling.

The Mets are “considering options” for Santana which basically means they’re thinking about tinkering with getting him off his regularly scheduled starts. I’m not sure if that’s the answer because it doesn’t look like he’s lost velocity. So it doesn’t appear that he’s going through a dead arm period.

Things started going sideways for Santana after his no-hit miracle on June 1st when he didn’t start again for seven days. Sure, the 134 pitch no-hitter could have taken something out of him. And, yes, he is coming off a major shoulder surgery a year and a half ago. But in-season modifications to a starting pitchers schedule can cause big problems. Continue reading “Mets Johan Santana Struggles Again Against Dodgers”

Video: Mets 2012 Bullpen, Trades, Jason Bay

I haven’t had the chance to chat with Kerel Cooper of On The Black much this year. But we finally got to talk about the state of the Mets at mid-season. The biggest issues facing the team during their surprising early season success was on the agenda.

We talked about the Mets great starting pitching, miserable bullpen, Jason Bay, and the pleasant surprise that the Mets are actually in the playoff race in July. I thought they would be looking forward to 2013 by July.

Video: Johan Santana No-Hitter Final Out

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01:  Johan Santana #57 of ...

Here’s the video from MLB with Johan Santana striking out David Freese for the final out of his no-hitter last night. It’s funny, I still can’t believe that this actually happened last night. I have the game on my DVR and there’s no way  that I’m deleting that video. I’ll burn it to a DVD and hold onto it.

This is one of the rare videos that MLB makes available for us to embed on our site. So enjoy it and Let’s Go Mets!!!

Mets Johan Santana Throws Mets First No-Hitter

Johan Santana
Johan Santana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t believe that I’m finally writing this post. After 50 years, over 8,000 games… Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history. The Padres are the only team left in MLB without a no-hitter in their history. And it feels good.

The game will be defined by two plays. Mike Baxter caught a fly ball while crashing into the left field wall. The catch kept the no-hitter in tact, although Baxter left the game with shoulder pain. The second play was a hit by Carlos Beltran down the left field line that was called a foul ball. Replays showed it hit the chalk but the umpire’s call on the field was foul.

After all the great pitchers in Mets history. And all the pitchers that went on to leave the Mets and throw no-hitters for other team, the Mets finally have their own no-hitter. It’s still hard for me to believe this actually just happened.

Mets Should Start Jeremy Hefner

Jeremy Hefner
Jeremy Hefner (Photo credit: SD Dirk)

The Mets decided to replace Chris Schwinden in the starting rotation with Miguel Batista… For now. But they should take a look at what Jeremy Hefner’s been doing at Buffalo so far this season. He’s 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 33 IP. He threw 6 scoreless innings over 5 games for the Mets this spring too.

Hefner may be over-matched my Major League pitching but he’s mastering the Triple-A level right now and deserves a shot at Mike Pelfrey’s vacated rotation spot. Continue reading “Mets Should Start Jeremy Hefner”