If this is what Santana is now, and who he is now, then the Mets may
well be staring into the abyss. For real. For good.
— The New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro, reminding us once again that the trait which most clearly defines New York baseball fans is not their knowledge or their passion, but their capacity for ridiculous overreaction.
It’s one game. One awful game, sure, but one game. Before last night’s game Santana had a 2.08 ERA in 33 innings and a healthy strikeout rate. One inning does not change that unless an injury is involved, of which there is no evidence in Santana’s case whatsoever. Randy Johnson once gave up 11 runs in 2.1 innings. No one was talking about staring into the abyss, for real, for good when that happened.
If Santana does it again next time out, fine, let’s start worrying. In the meantime, everyone should just chill out.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.