(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)That is to say, he is man's best friend.   Especially if that man is a starting pitcher for the New York Mets not named Livan Hernandez.The following chart of the 4 starting pitchers for the Mets who have thrown at least 50 total innings so far this season is broken down by battery mate.   It seems that the decision for the Mets to jettison Ramon Castro and in doing so keep Santos with the Major League team was based on more than just dramatic game winning hits.
  • Santana IP             H       R       ER       BB       K       ERA       WHIP       W-L
  • w/Schneider   5.66        3         1       1                 4           7       1.59             1.24           1-0
  • w/Castro             40           33       14       10         11       55       2.25           1.10       4-0
  • w/Santos             20.33   16       5         2               5         24       0.89         1.03       2-1
  • Pelfrey IP        H         R       ER       BB       K       ERA       WHIP       W-L
  • w/Schneider       10        13       9         9               6             5         8.10         1.90             1-0
  • w/Castro                   7             8         3       3                 1             0         3.86         1.29             1-0
  • w/Santos         38.66       36     12     12           10         18         2.79         1.19             2-1
  • Maine IP        H       R       ER       BB       K       ERA       WHIP       W-L
  • w/Schneider             5           2         2         2               1           5         3.60         0.60         0-0
  • w/Castro             29.33       27       17       17         20       20       5.21       1.60             2-2
  • w/Santos             23.33       16       7             5           11         16         1.93       1.16             3-1
  • Hernandez IP        H       R           ER       BB       K       ERA       WHIP       W-L
  • w/Schneider         6.66        6         2             2             3           4         2.70       1.35                 1-0
  • w/Castro               18.33        21       6             6         3           7         2.95         1.31           1-0
  • w/Santos               29.66       36       18       18           8       20       5.46       1.48                 2-1
Clearly I have a bit to learn about how to make a chart line up.   But if you can see through the imperfections of my work, you might just see why Omir Santos is a Met today, and Ramon Castro is plying his trade in the Windy City.   I tip my TRDMB cap to commenter Oleosmirf who noted in a previous thread that the pitchers seemed to be better with Santos behind the plate.   Thanks for the inspiration to do some research.   Feel free to inspire me to learn how to make a chart.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)