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.
The Boston Red Sox activated Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they made to make room for him on the roster was a big one too: they designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.
Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup. At the moment the Red Sox have the second best offense in all of baseball despite Ramirez’s performance.
Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however and, long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.