Mets News and Notes:
Johan Santana insisted his right ankle and pitching shoulder were healthy after he only recorded four outs, matching his shortest career start, which happened to be in Atlanta in April. The Braves beat the Mets, 9-3, Saturday at Citi Field. The Mets (54-60) dropped a season-worst six games under .500. Santana was charged with eight runs, two shy of his career high.
He assigned his control woes to having not faced major league hitters since July 20. He is now 3-6 with a 7.98 ERA in nine starts since tossing the historic June 1 no-hitter. He has allowed six or more runs in four straight starts, matching Al Leiter (1999) and Pedro Astacio (2002) for the longest such streak in franchise history. It also matches Atlanta’s Mike Minor for the longest such streak in the majors this season.
The only pitchers in Mets history to allow at least eight runs and eight hits while retiring four batters or fewer in a game? Calvin Schiraldi (in relief on June 11, 1985 at Philade...