Last night on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, Mets C John Buck told Kevin Burkhardt he believes Johan Santana was tipping his pitches last season, saying:
“Being on the other side – whether it’s Johan tipping his pitches or whatever – those little tiny things will help. I was just on the other side hitting off of him. Maybe we can tighten some of those things up.”
Buck told Burkhardt he might have seen something with Santana, “so consider it cleared up.”
Terry Collins told the New York Post yesterday that Santana’s mid-season struggles were likely a result of fatigue following a long off-season rehabbing from major shoulder surgery.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:
It’s good to have a guy like Buck on the team who has seen some of the Mets pitchers. He can offer experienced insight from both sides of the plate, which can be especially valuable with the young arms on his staff. Hopefully, he can help pitchers adjust and become more effective with their mechanics and approach.
In regards to Santana, I’m not surprised to hear someone say he might have been tipping his pitches, especially if it was towards the end of his season when there was clearly not right. Santana went through a very long and grueling rehab from shoulder surgery, and last winter was not normal for him. He began working out early, he began throwing early, and his rehab clearly took it’s toll on him, as Collins pointed out. Not only was the road taxing for him physically, but it could have fatigued him mentally as well, which might have caused him to do things differently on the mound in June and July.
To watch Buck’s interview with Burkhardt, during which he also discusses the R.A. Dickey trade, d’Arnaud’s development, and both Brandon Lyon and Shaun Marcum, check out this clip from SNY’s Mets Hot Stove.