Well, Johan Santana sure hasn’t shown any ill effects from going on three days’ rest after throwing 125 pitches. His changeup has been wonderful so far through his first three innings, the out pitch for all five strikeouts. His K of Wes Helms gave him 200 strikeouts, the first Met to reach that mark since Pedro Martinez in 2005. Santana has done it five straight years.
But the Mets are going to have do more with Ricky Nolasco.
Jerry Manuel said before the game, by the way, that after the Mets win this game, he would go home and watch college football instead of hang around here to watch the late-afternoon games that are being played by the Brewers and the Phillies.
Update, 3:40:Santana picked a good day to have one of his best starts of the year, seven innings, no runs, two hits. He will be back out for the eighth.