Johan Santana let up four hits, four walks and three runs, while striking out eight, in six innings pitched during a loss yesterday at Shea Stadium against the Yankees.
Santana is 0–4 with a 2.53 ERA in his last five starts, during which the Mets have averaged two runs per game and are 0–5. Meanwhile, in that same time, only three other National League starting pitchers have a better ERA than Santana.
…though, it should be noted that, in his previous start to yesterday, he allowed a grand slam to the opposing pitcher, on which all runs were considered unearned thanks to an error by David Wright, even though he, santana, let up the home run…
Jerry Manuel, on Santana, talking to reporters after the game:
“I don't know if he can pitch any better than how he's pitched lately. Us not scoring runs puts a lot of stress on every pitch. He feels like he can't make a mistake…What an ace has to do is give you a chance to win every night, and that's what he does…He's keeping us in games, but we're just not getting the job done offensively.”
Santana, following yesterday’s game, said to reporters:
“I'm doing my job. Other than that, there's nothing else I can do. I can't go out there and do the things that my teammates have to do.”
….zing…ouch…the thing is, he’s mostly right…i keep reading people comment on how he has not been an ‘ace,’ whatever that means…fact is, only a few pitchers have been better than him, so, short of hitting a home run or two, i’m not sure what else he’s supposed to do…
Santana’s 3.00 ERA is fifth-best in the National League this season, while his 103 strike outs are fourth-best.
Only Tim Hudson, Aaron Cook and Cole Hamels have thrown more innings in the National League as a starting pitcher.