Santana continues to struggle badly with his overall command

In last night’s 9-3 loss to the Braves, Johan Santana allowed eight runs in only 1 1/3 innings, tying his April 17th start against Atlanta for the shortest outing of his career.

“I’m fine. It’s just one of those nights where I didn’t execute pitches the way they’re supposed to be executed,” Santana said after the game. “Overall I felt fine. I didn’t feel anything in my ankle or my shoulder. I felt good. It’s just over three weeks not facing any hitters at this level and then trying to command all of your pitches, it wasn’t my best.”

Santana fell to 6-8 and has seen his ERA rise from 2.76 to 4.58 over his last four starts – he is 0-4 with a 17.36 ERA, having allowed 27 earned runs in only 14 innings over that span.

“It’s tough, but at least I’m back. And I’m just going to make my adjustments and work the next couple of days and hopefully be ready for my next time out there. I’m just going through a tough stretch. I’m just struggling. But I’ve got to bounce back. I haven’t pitched for, I don’t know, the last three weeks.”

Since his 134-pitch no-hitter on June 1, Santana is 3-6 with a 7.98 ERA in 44 innings over nine starts.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Last night was as ineffective as I’ve seen Santana during his tenure with the Mets. It was as quick of a beat down as he’s had in his career. He did have somewhat better velocity on his fastball – he was living at around 90 mph with it – but everything, including his slider and change-up were right down the middle of the plate and he had no movement at all on his pitches. He had no command of the strike zone whatsoever with his fastball and change-up in particular. The Braves swung and missed on just one of his 19 off-speed pitches.  And so, Atlanta torched Santana and torched him right from the beginning.

Call it what you want – fatigue, rustiness, mechanical, an injury, or whatever. In the end, Santana’s production (or lack thereof) is scary bad right now, to the point that if this continues, the Mets have to consider shutting him down as Anthony McCarron suggested in Newsday this morning. I’d hate to see it and do not want his season to come to that – I really love watching Santana pitch and think he is capable of doing something extraordinary on any given night he’s out there. But something just isn’t right at the moment. The fact his fastball velocity is good probably indicates his shoulder is ok, but something is clearly preventing him from having any command, which is something he must have since he no longer possesses the electric fastball.





27 comments
AfroJewMan
AfroJewMan

@NYRKay_30 I know and he was not used by the ducks like he should of. He might get 15 goals or 20

heckno
heckno

Cap space next year will be fine. Boyle off at 4.5 million and you know the players are going to agree to raise it again 5% which gives you at least an additional 7 million. Still a good trade to trade hands of Stone. Team is basically the same as last year with 2 spots up for crabs yet.

Brett Campion
Brett Campion

Hank is a hall of fame plaster and Nash is a 42 or at least 30 goal scorer...stop crying about their contracts they deserve what they have.

Frank B
Frank B

Of his 17 goals 4 I think were open net. So he really had 13. The kid had hands of stone.

7b7c
7b7c

The Rangers couldn't afford to keep Hagelin. The end. What is so hard about that for people to understand?

aaronrules
aaronrules

@7b7c We joke about how he we have a bunch of 3rd line players down on the farm, so we have one come up and replace him and is cheaper, so it only made sense for us to make the trade to save some money so we can keep others.

aaronrules
aaronrules

Its funny how people who cover hockey when you mention Etem they all reference and remember this particular play from the playoffs.  It is a some move, WoW!!!

Adam Rabinowitz
Adam Rabinowitz

I am sorry, I think the Rangers dropped the ball big time here. 

For all the people who say Hagelin was not a goal scorer, he scored 17 goals and that is with no PP time. 

Rangers have been built on team defense, and no forward got back as hard as Hagelin. I think our defense will struggle without him. 

Etem reminds me of when the Rangers got Radek Dvorak 

I know Hagelin trade might have came down to money, but I still think Rangers could have found a way to fit the team for one more year under the cap and then next year get some nice cap relief for when we lose Boyle and Yandle. 

Johnny W
Johnny W

@Adam Rabinowitz If you sign Hagelin for 1 year then he is a UFA after the deal and has no value. If you paid him $4M-$5M long term you will regret that and he will become the next "bad deal" the Rangers signed. I think they what they needed to with Hags. Speedy played but not the best hands.

whitebread
whitebread

@Adam Rabinowitz  The Rangers are going to need that money from Boyle and Yandle next year to get Kreids and Hayes under contracts.  Not to mention Miller and Fast.

billypucks
billypucks

Well if that's the case, they need to really consider trading yandle this year and maximize his value just like they did with hagelin!

Michael Strange
Michael Strange

Nothng against Etem, but trading Hagelin was just an awful sign for this organization. Again, the contracts of Nash and Hank are just killers!!!