Johan Santana. He didn’t have his best stuff tonight – far from it. But he ended up throwing seven shutout innings. He allowed as many hits as he did walks, five, but struck out three and kept a run from scoring while he was on the mound. He was very wild, but was able to battle through it.
Jason Bay went 3-4, scoring the Mets only run.
The Bad & Ugly
The bullpen. OK, I made an argument at the beginning of the season that the Mets had a decent bullpen with depth. I was wrong.
K-Rod came on with a one run lead in the 8th for a four-out save. He got three of them before allowing the tying run to score. He ended up throwing 2 1/3 innings (46 pitches), which makes no sense to me.
After K-Rod was pulled, Jerry Manuel picked Raul Valdes to take over. Here’s how the inning went for Valdes…
- Leadoff double.
- Fielder’s choice, runner out at third.
- Walk-off grand slam.
The leadoff double was bad, but he eliminated that runner with a nice play to get the lead guy. Then: disaster. Should have seen it coming, though.
Santana, poor guy.
Off day Thursday, back home (yay!) on Friday to take on the Marlins.