- In easily his worst start of the month, Santana served up five runs on a career-high 12 hits and three walks last Friday in Houston, taking his eighth loss — though only the third in which he did not submit a quality start. The Mets can only hope a reprieve will come at Citi Field, where Santana holds a 1.86 ERA this season, and where he has never failed to deliver a quality start. He will be making his first-ever start against the Rockies, one of only two teams he has never faced (the other being the Twins, his former employer for eight seasons).
- Hammel gave up three runs and seven hits in six mostly solid innings of a 3-1 loss to the Giants on Friday night. It was a step forward for Hammel, who had struggled with fleeting fastball command during home games. But this start is at the Mets’ Citi Field, and Hammel is a beast on the road — 4-2, 1.93 ERA.