Game Thread: Mets (56-64) vs Braves (63-57)
Santana opened Saturday’s start on cruise control, retiring 10 of his first 11 batters and not allowing a hit until the fourth inning. But a 25-pitch sixth inning in which Santana yielded three runs ultimately proved to be his demise. He exited under heated terms, having thrown a brushback pitch to Pablo Sandoval and plunked Bengie Molina in retaliation for a Matt Cain fastball that struck David Wright in the head. Santana allowed four runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings in the no-decision. He is 1-1 in two starts against the Braves this season and hasn’t allowed an earned run in 13 1/3 innings.
Kawakami shouldn’t be too bothered by this matchup against Mets ace Johan Santana. Two of the right-hander’s finest starts this season came amid the pressure of facing Roy Halladay and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Kawakami limited a potent Phillies offense to just three runs in 6 1/3 innings on Saturday and showed no ill effects of the 125-pitch effort he provided on Aug. 8, keeping the Dodgers scoreless for seven innings. In losing his only two previous starts against the Mets this season, the Japanese righty has worked 11 1/3 innings and allowed four earned runs.