Of all the Met starters, nobody personifies the woes of the bullpen more than Johan Santana, who has had six leads blown. That’s 15 wins by now with a perfect pen.
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Let’s forget about working nine innings for now. The game isn’t played that way anymore. A quality start, which is really about mediocrity, is six innings. A solid start should be seven innings, and Santana has gone that far 14 times, and worked into the seventh two other times.
Sure, you always want more, but he’s given the Mets what they expected when they signed him.
We have Santana, John Maine and Oliver Perez for the series.
During the pregame manager Jerry Manuel suggested he might use Maine, Perez and Mike Pelfrey out of the bullpen between starts. It was a concept he rejected a couple of weeks ago. It sure was interesting to see the expression on the reliever’s faces when we asked the starters about this.
Maybe this is Manuel’s way of lighting a fire under the collective butt of his pen.