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Anybody else notice how awful Johan Santana has pitched whenever Terry Collins makes a big issue of giving his ace some extra days of rest? First there was the debacle against the Yankees in the Bronx, then of course we had last night against the Braves. What was odd to me was how emphatic Santana was each time in saying he felt great and didn’t need the extra rest, but why listen to anything the veteran southpaw has to say on the subject? With that said, you gotta feel bad for Johan this morning. Most will look at the boxscore and say he was awful, but if Andres Torres had simply fielded the flyball cleanly for the first out, and if home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor.hadn’t botched two called third strikes, there wouldn’t have been a six-run fifth inning, and the Braves would have gotten three outs instead of six outs in that frame. Pitching coach Dan Warthen came to the mound to chat with Johan Santana, but ended up getting ousted by Bucknor instead for arguing balls and strikes. He ...
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