The New York Mets may decide to shut Johan Santana down for the rest of the 2012 MLB season after another dismal outing. Santana on Friday night against the Washington Nationals was cruising through the first three innings with a perfect game. Then disaster hit in the fourth as he allowed a grand slam to LF Michael Morse and the evening began to unravel.
Santana’s line for the game turned out to be 5IP, 7 hits, 6ERs and only 4SO. That combined with Saturday’s 1.1IP against the Atlanta Braves may be all the Mets brass needs to see from Santana for the rest of this season. Two days after announcing that they will go with a six man rotation for the remainding games, pitching coach Dan Warthen intimated that he and Terry Collins would have to wait until they return to New York and talk with GM Sandy Alderson.
The Mets also plan on talking with Santana to see just how he feels, and just where his arm strength lies. This could be another blow to an already lost season, but it would be for the best if Santana were to return in top form in 2013. The Mets do need a healthy Santana going forward and the pitcher is due $31million next year, not to mention a buyout for 2014. Santana has now become the first Mets pitcher to allow 6 or more runs in five straight starts and has not looked even close to being the same lefty that we all saw in the first half.
Some may blame that historic night on June 1st when he tossed the first no-hitter in Mets history while throwing 134 pitches. But realistically, Santana started his rehab early in December and that extra throwing may be the reason his arm is getting tired. All Mets fans need to know is that Santana can help them in 2013, and if he is shut down now, then that becomes more plausible going forward. The six man rotation was a good idea, but this may turn out to be the best scenario for all involved.
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