Santa? Na!

Monday, May 11, 2009

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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.

11 comments:

Eddie G said...

Good piece. It's only one loss...for now.

Santana, Santos and Santa. Make quite the trio, don't they?

Keep the posts coming!

haraz31 said...

Eli I see you are in the holiday spirit today however its the wrong holiday, perhaps Doc Holiday will keep the spirit alive tonite against the other NY team.
Eddie its Santans second loss and when september comes it will look that much larger

wario said...

i for one am not in the festive mood today, due to the L we recieved!

DOVY said...

For some reason I feel bad for Johan although the guy makes millions and millions of dollars but tell me is it normal for a starter to have a 0.79 era and be 4-2 the answer yes, only on the mets - porr johan

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Just heard on the radio this thought: Perhaps the Mets are not leaning back on days that he pitches, but rather they are pressing too hard and tightening up...

Maybe they want to please him too much and that's the problem...

What do you think?

haraz31 said...

I think Jerry said that last nite in the postgame interview I dont buy it 100% though

DOVY said...

o please these are major league players and they should be happy when he pitches not tighten up that is totally bogus!!!

wario said...

Stupid philosophy

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Dovy, tightening up is that since they are trying too hard - they are not being as loose as they can be and usually are.

It's hard to tell if it's a lack of effort or what Haraz said Jerry said.

Either way, Johan should've continued pitching the game. I don't care if they don't want him to burn out by September or October (if we make it that far). Last year he pitched 118 pitches in a game in April. He'll be fine. He's Johan.

A few more of these moves by Jerry (let's not forget the fact he left the lefty Feliciano in to pitch to the right handed hitting Diaz - whom by the way had struck out in the 3 previous at bats against Feliciano) and there will be a blog post for his job!

Jerry always states that he utilizes his bullpen in ways that gives him the best matchups. If he is going to follow that rule then he must follow it religiously. Not when he feels like it.

That's what I think. Sue me if you think I'm wrong.

wario said...

now for some reason, i think the mets should have gotten lowe this past off season....
whadya think?

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Agreed. As I said, if Derek Lowe's name was Derek Lopez then Omir sure would have signed him. Or rather better, "2 bad that Oliver Perez isnt Oliver Smith".

Let's go Niese!