Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 7/21/12
For once, the Mets’ beleaguered bullpen cannot be blamed for another tough, gut-wrenching defeat, when on Friday night the Mets fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6. The Mets have now dropped eight out of their last ten. Ironically, it was the Mets’ bullpen that kept the team in Friday’s affair, as four Mets’ relievers combined to pitch six innings while allowing only one run on three hits and one walk. No, the Mets were stuck in a hole due to Johan Santana’s ineffectiveness on this night. Santana was off, as he completed only three innings while allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks. The Mets did their best too scrap and climb their way back into the game and eventually only lost by one run, which has been a theme of late. This was no aberration. Santana has simply not been himself of late. Actually, Santana has not been quite the same since he threw his epic no-hitter back on June 1. Since that time, Santana has allowed 31 earned runs in 42.2 innings pitched (6.54 ERA). In those
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