Mets Game 119: Loss to Nationals
Nationals 6 Mets 4
Johan Santana makes Mets history.
Mets Game Notes
Johan Santana became the first pitcher in Mets history to allow 6 or more earned runs in 5 consecutive starts. All the runs came from two homeruns — one a grand slam by Michael Morse, the other a two-run blast by Bryce Harper — but it would be incorrect to say Santana “made only two mistakes.” In truth, Santana made many mistakes, got away with some, didn’t others. His change-up was working well, but that was about it. His fastball and slider/cutter was rarely hitting the intended target, and usually up in the zone. When the Nats hitters made contact — even on foul balls and outs — they made hard, solid contact. What is Santana’s problem? Seems to me to be inconsistent mechanics; often, his arm is lagging behind his body, which is why his pitches are high. Why are his mechanics inconsistent? I’m not sure. It could be a timing issue. It could be a pain issue. It could be a lack of flexibility in the shoulder. Whatever it is, something is preventing his shoulder from fully rotating at the right time.
The bright side of the game was seeing the Mets fight back with runs in the sixth and seventh. Too little, too late, but at least they didn’t mail it in. And hey, Kelly Shoppach hit his first homer as a Met.