Johan Santana reported feeling fine during a weekend bullpen session after leaving Thursday’s start with a strained pectoral muscle, but the Mets have decided to skip his turn in the rotation tomorrow anyway.
Dillon Gee will instead make his MLB debut against the Nationals, but Santana made it very clear he could pitch if, say, the Mets weren’t completely out of contention:
I wanted to go out and pitch. I could go, but they said no. If this was a different situation, no question, I’d be pitching. I know what pain feels like–believe me–and this is not even close to what it was back [when he pitched through a knee injury in 2008]. But I understand they want to be very careful. If that’s the right thing to do, then we’ll do it.
Between the Mets’ poor season and his underwhelming 11-9 record Santana’s outstanding performance has generally been overlooked. He’s thrown the fourth-most innings in the league with 199 and ranks 10th with a 2.98 ERA, but has gotten stuck with a no-decision six times while allowing zero or one run.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.