Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 8/13/12

Saturday night, during the New York Mets 9-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves, starter Johan Santana allowed eight runs in just 1 1/3 innings — matching the shortest start of his career –  in his first start since coming off the disabled list.

For those of us hoping a trip to the DL would allow Johan to return to his pre-no-hitter form, we were sorely mistaken as his downward spiral continues.  The 33-year-old lefty boasted a 2.38 ERA after his 134 pitch no-no against the Cards on June 1st, but that number has almost doubled given his recent struggles.


#bbpBox_234599794285371393 a { text-decoration:none; color:#009999; }#bbpBox_234599794285371393 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }

Johan Santana’s numbers since the June 1 no-hitter: Starts: 9. Innings: 44. Hits: 61. Home Runs: 11. BB: 18. K: 39. ERA: 6.54. August 12, 2012 6:38 am via webReplyRetweetFavorite @Buster_ESPN Buster Olney


#bbpBox_234437711472234499 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_234437711472234499 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }

Get this — in Santana’s last four starts, he’s thrown 14 innings, allowed 36 hits and 27 earned runs. Has a 17.36 ERA. #mets August 11, 2012 7:54 pm via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @HaleMark Mark Hale

Following Saturday’s disaster, Santana cited rust, not injury for his poor start, saying:

I’m fine. It’s just one of those nights where I didn’t execute pitches the way they’re supposed to be executed. But overall I felt fine. I didn’t feel anything in my ankle or my shoulder. I felt good. It’s just over three weeks not facing any hitters at this level and then trying to command all of your pitches, it wasn’t my best. I think as I continue I’ll make some progress and improve my command. Because I think I left some pitches up in the strike zone against a good team. And when you make mistakes like that, that’s what’s going to happen. And I think that was the case tonight.”

Meanwhile, in the Daily News, Anthony McCarron writes the Mets are going nowhere and should consider shutting Santana down for the season:

At this point in an already-lost 2012 season, the most meaningful question about Santana’s start was whether it ended so soon because he stunk or because he was hurt. More significant than Santana’s dreadful performance — 1.1 innings, eight runs, eight hits — was the fact that he said afterward that he felt no twinges in either his surgically repaired left shoulder or the right ankle that had put him on the shelf in July.

Yes, Mets fans, it’s come to this: Hope the key players don’t get hurt. Maybe they can help next season.

All kidding aside, Santana making it intact through the final six weeks or so is vitally important to the Mets. It’s all about 2013 now around Citi Field — or at least it should be — and the Mets need Santana to be a big part of next year, if they hope to be anything more than they are now.

In fact, the Mets ought to think hard about shutting down Santana if that would enhance the chance he’d be back to the guy who was brilliant in the first two months of the season.”

Photo by Michael G. Baron

McCarron makes a great point.  It’s now time to start evaluating player and looking towards next season, a concept Mets fans have become all to familiar with.  Santana, I would believe, is part of those plans, especially when you consider how hard his contract will be to trade in the off-season.  After serious shoulder surgery this offseason — one that many pitchers have a hard time recovering from — the Mets need to consider shutting Santana down in hopes he can return to his early season form, next season.  When asked about the possibility, Johan did not rule it out.

“I’m hoping to finish the season pitching, but I don’t know what, later on, what’s going to happen,” Santana said. “We’ll see.”

Yes.  We will see.  But I am sure one more rocky start and a continued losing trend, the Mets front office might just cut the left hander’s season short.  Santana has now allowed at least six runs in each of his last four starts, putting him in a select club, one which I’m sure he’s not happy to be a member.


#bbpBox_234435123406331904 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_234435123406331904 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }

Santana becomes only the third pitcher in Mets history to allow 6+ runs in 4 straight starts, joining Al Leiter and Pedro Astacio August 11, 2012 7:44 pm via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

Redskins GM injures hand punching wall in frustration

Report: Aldon Smith checks into rehab

McCarthy discusses 'urgency’ to win another title with Rodgers

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Lions extend CB Darius Slay with $50 million deal

Adam Jones: Bengals dominated Steelers in playoff game

Robert Griffin III on QB battle: Only one of us runs 4.3

Gordon defends friendship with 'good friend' Manziel

Geno Smith ‘kind of pissed off’ about Ryan Fitzpatrick’s return

Bell admits he knew about missed drug test, lied to media

Brown, Marshall are apparently serious about their car bet

Lacy, Starks could split carries to start season

Cyborg Santos post-surgery skull photos are eerie

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Hockey team unveils Clinton, Trump bobbleheads

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

Five NFL teams set to underachieve in 2016

WATCH: Belichick gets annoyed by Jimmy Garoppolo question

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker