- Though he lost to the Phillies on Sunday — for the first time in his career — Santana provided the kind of performance the Mets expect from him, and one that might have been accompanied by a victory with a modicum of run support. The left-hander threw 101 pitches in seven innings, most of them of high quality but with slightly less velocity — 90-91 mph — than pitches he threw regularly in April and May. But two were hit for bases-empty home runs by Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. And the Mets lost, 2-0. Santana allowed one other hit and two walks. After producing a 6.19 ERA and a 2-4 record in six June starts, Santana opened July with an outing that was more in keeping with what he has done in other summers. The Reds were Santana’s first conquest this season. He allowed one run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings against them on Opening Day. Santana has faced Cincinnati on two other occasions since the beginning of the 2006 season, winning one and not pitching particularly well in the other, a no-decision. Recently activated third baseman Edwin Encarnacion has four hits — two of them home runs — in five career at-bats against Santana.
- Tatis is the only Met not on the DL to have homered off Cueto. New York did make a move Friday designed to bolster its offense, dealing outfielder Ryan Church to Atlanta for Jeff Francoeur. The 25-year-old right fielder, who had three doubles and two RBIs in his final game with the Braves, is expected to start Saturday.
- â€œJeff brings a certain energy,â€ Wright said. â€œHe can really come here and make an immediate impact.â€ Francoeur is 1 for 2 with a double in his career against Cueto.
- Cueto isn’t just coming off of any old loss, he’s coming off the worst outing of his brief career and the most lopsided loss in Reds history. The right-hander lasted just two-thirds of an inning in Cincinnati’s 22-1 shellacking in Philadelphia on Monday. In his time on the mound, Cueto faced 11 batters and threw 49 pitches. He gave up nine earned runs and five hits with three walks, a hit batter and one strikeout. His once-sterling 2.69 ERA was no more.
- Cuetoâ€™s luck hasnâ€™t been much better against the Mets. He faced New York twice last season, going 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA and allowing four homers in 10 innings.
- The Redsâ€™ offense didnâ€™t help out Cueto (8-5, 3.45) in his last start, but run support wouldnâ€™t have made much of a difference. Cueto was charged with nine runs and five hits in just two-thirds of an inning Monday at Philadelphia in a 22-1 rout.