First up is Johan Santana. I guess Johan wants to get the second half started early. Johan went 7 inning with no earned runs and 5 punch outs. Im not sure if it was all Johan or the Mets who committed no errors in this start. In any event, its no secret that Johan pitches much better in the second half. In his career, he is 58-17 with a 2.70 Era and a 1.05 WHIP after the all-star break. The Mets will need 49 wins to end the season with 90 wins. Now if this is possible most likely will be debated but we can all agree that we will need every bit of the second half Johan Santana
Next up is Frenchy. Jeff said he was excited to play in New York and wasted no time in “earning his stripes” by delivering with the bases loaded to get 2 runs in. Jeff went 2-4 in his Mets debut with 2 RBI’s. The Mets said Jeff Francoeur just needed a change of scenery….something that Met fans can understand with one of their own Aaron Heilman. Jeff was a big time rookie that had several good campaigns with the Atlanta Braves. We should know…as he hit .283 against us. We can only hope that Jeff rediscovers his swing that 3 years ago had him hit 29 HR’s and 2 years ago hit .293. He is only 24 and has a hellova arm. Welcome aboard and congrats on the first of hopefully many MUA.
Next up is Angel Pagan. Angel went 2-4, accounting for 2 runs and had 2 stolen bases. Angel exhibited a facet of our game that needs to be revisited more than ever…the stolen base. I has been roughly a week since the Mets stole a base. As many would argue that the Mets just simply have not had the opportunity, they need to start doing this much more often in the future. Getting back to Angel, I guess Jerry must have read the stats on Mr. Pagan as a lead off man. Pagan is hitting .400 in 35 ab’s with a .475 OBP. Pagan is a welcomed shot in the arm.
Last up is Omir Santos. Omir had a nice night going 3-4 and also getting a run in for the night.Â The Mets are leading the majors in the most production out of the catcher position. Omir is a big part of that .268 with 4HR’s and 24RBI’s. It is uncharted territory for Omir as to what to expect for the second half, we can only hope that he continues more of the same.
Pedro Feliciano for throwing a scoreless 8th (also alex cora and daniel murphy for turning a nice double play)
Krod for throwing a drama free 9th inning without it being aÂ save situation.
Luis Castillo for getting that run in the 2nd inning