Braves 9 Mets 3
No good here — just the bad and the ugly.
Mets Game Notes
The story was Johan Santana, who came off the disabled list to save the Mets season. It didn’t go so well.
Santana allowed 8 runs on 8 hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. He did strike out 2, so there’s that. And he did hit 90 MPH on the radar gun — whoop-dee-doo.
What he didn’t do, however, was command his pitches. His arm was lagging behind the rest of his body on nearly every pitch he made, and as a result his pitches were up in the zone (if they were in the zone). Occasionally he’d hold on to the ball a little longer and it would wind up in the dirt — but the process was still the same.
My guess is there is something wrong with his shoulder, because it appears to me, from the limited view of the CF camera, that his shoulder is not rotating fully. He might be doing that to avoid pain, because of a limitation in flexibility, or as a habit. Whatever the cause, it’s not safe for his shoulder nor his elbow ligaments, which get stretched if the shoulder is not rotating.
Looks are deceiving, and so are radar gun readings. Just because someone “looks” healthy, says he’s “feeling great,” and is reaching high velocity readings, doesn’t necessarily mean everything is OK.
As for the rest of the game — well, does it matter? I suppose you could be happy with the performance of the bullpen, though it’s hard to gauge when the score is out of hand. Can Manny Acosta toss two shutout innings if it’s a tie ballgame? I’m not so sure.
Ruben Tejada had two hits, including a double. What I liked to see was him holding on to the baseball on a play early in the ballgame. Last year, two years ago, Tejada might have tried to make an impossible play. This year, he’s starting to understand when to “eat it,” and that will prevent errors.
Andres Torres is still hot, as he had two hits including a triple. Too little, too late.
Did you see that bomb by Freddie Freeman? Wow, talk about spanking the baseball. He hit the ball over the homerun apple, which has to be at least 10-15 feet behind the 408-foot mark in dead center field.
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About the Author
Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.