Suggested Mets reading for Saturday, August 11

Tim Bontemps of the New York Post recently visited with Wilmer Flores in Binghamton and writes “it’s hard to believe he’s in his fifth professional season.”

Anthony McCarron of the Daily News says Tim Byrdak doesn’t regret his heavy workload with the Mets.

Hunter Atkins of the New York Times explores the relationship between Matt Harvey and his father.

Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal says the Mets are “eager to see which Santana shows up” today.

Michael Baron, Contributor

In regards to Santana, I am curious to see if this hiatus has helped him as well. Santana has said the no-hitter had nothing to do with his struggles lately, but the numbers most definitely don’t lie – he has a 6.54 ERA and he had been getting smoked since he threw his no-hitter. The thing is, what he was doing before until the no-hitter was so unexpected considering he was still rebuilding from major shoulder surgery. The wall he hit wasn’t necessarily unexpected – I just don’t think it was expected he would hit that wall as hard as he did, and the team’s success seemingly followed suit. If Santana does come out strong, refreshed and looking like the Santana through June 1, I wonder how the Mets will go about affording him rest not just for the remainder of this season, but next year as well. No matter what, the Mets need to find better starting pitching depth behind the starting five so to better support fatigue and injury to not just Santana, but to everyone else too.