First up is Johan Santana. Johan is a Man. Without his best stuff, Johan took the bull by its horns and delivered 7 innings of 2 run ball. A crowd of 41,221 was on hand, the largest in Citi Field history and the first sellout since opening day. Since the worst outing of his professional career at Yankee Stadium, Johan has definatly shown that he is back. Johan has pitched 14.1 innings and has only given up 4 runs in his two starts after Yankee Stadium. Johan is still in the top 10 in the NL with his Era of 3.09 and tied for 1st in wins with his 9th win tonight. While this is a small sample size, somewhere Rick Peterson is eating his hat. Well done by Johan as in usual fashion, he always finds a way to make his point.
Next up is Nick Evans. Feels like a bit of dejavu as he earned his first MUA last night and less than 24 hours, he earned his second. Guess Evans feels like he needs to represent the Buffalo Bisons as he lined aÂ gapper that drove in 2 and turned out to be the game winning runs as the Mets couldnt muster anything after that. Evans did this against a pitcher that has an opponent avg of .163 and has a .40 ERA in three afternoon starts. This year has been obstacle plagued from the get go and it just seems as the deeper we decend into the rabbits hole, theres a new hero that emerges out of no where. We have been treated to such heroism by the likes of Omir Santos, Fernando Nieve and Bobby Parnell. In a time where the Mets need the big hit the most, i guess we can start adding the forgotten man into that discussion…Nick Evans.
Last up is Fransisco Rodriguez. Now Frankie did not make it look easy today. He retired the first two hitters via strike out and then had to contend against Pujols. You have to give credit to the Mets for really having a gameplan versus Pujols as we held him without a HR in the series and only going 3/13. Krod decided to buy into this gameplan and walked Pujols, but then he walked Ludwick to put Pujols in scoring position. To make it worse(and bring up 2006 memories), Krod had to contend with one of the Mets nemisises Yadier Molina. Now Krod wasnt around when Yadier Molina made the Mets hit list but Krod did his best to seek retribution by getting Yadier to line out and ending a game that the Mets scratched and clawed to win. Krod earned his 20th save and is tied for 1st in the majors.
Pedro Feliciano pitching a scoreless 8th inning while facing 2 right handers.
Fernando Tatis is making his way out of my dog house by getting another RBI today