There comes a time in life when we must give back to those who have so gladly given to us. For example, Santa brings gifts to the homes of good children during the late evening and overnight hours on Christmas. How do we repay him? By leaving cookies and milk out to thank Santa for coming as far as he did (and that he graced us with his "presence").
But what if you don't leave him his milk and cookies? Will he stop coming? Will he stop bringing his best stuff?
There hasn't been a bar fight for miles as to who the best pitcher in baseball has so far been and that's for good reason. (No, Zack Greinke will bust). Johan Santana has averaged over 6 1/2 innings a game in his first 7 starts this season, as well as striking out 60 with a 0.78 ERA. The only problem is that on days the Mets have him on the mound they make it look as if he's the one pitching against them. The Mets have scored a total of 13 runs for him during the 7 games he's pitched (and conversely, he's given up a mere 6).
Santana can get more runs out of an ex-lax box.
Are the Mets leaning back on days that he pitches knowing that they don't need much to win the game? Well, perhaps they're leaning too far. Johan Santana is going to need his milk and cookies in the near future and the Mets should sure be ready to lean forward and serve him the way he so properly serves them.
UPDATE: Oh, and the Mets are NOT Santos-Intolerant.