Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 3/17/13
On Friday, The Wall Street Journal published an article about the longevity of New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera and lefty Andy Pettitte. The article noted how both pitchers, who are in their 40’s now, have been able to pitch at such a high level so deep into their careers. It highlighted that Pettitte in particular, as he aged, learned how to pitch smarter. Pettitte understood that he didn’t need to throw 97 MPH to get outs, he had secondary pitches. The Mets also have an aging ace in Johan Santana who could benefit from this type of wisdom. Santana’s past three years have been frustrating. Including surgically repairing his shoulder, missing all of the 2011 season, and after ten hot starts in 2012, including a no hitter, Santana struggled and eventually found refuge on the disabled list. The bottom line is Santana has been brittle, and it appears likely that he won’t be ready for opening day. Given that Santana hasn’t pitched consistently since 2010, now may be the time f...
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