Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 7/21/12
How the mighty have fallen. Johan Santana, whose bounceback campaign hit an unexpected high on June 1 when he threw the franchise’s first no-hitter, has not only come back to Earth, but he’s done it in a way no one could see coming. Through his first 11 starts of the season, which ended with the hitless gem, the southpaw was vintage Santana, going 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 68 Ks in 68 innings. He was also holding opposing hitters to a .200 batting average, .262 on-base percentage and .306 slugging percentage (4 HR allowed in 68 IP). Santana was also on the mound deep into games, pitching into the seventh inning in six of his 11 starts. If there was one complaint about Santana’s starts, it wasn’t about Johan himself. It was about the lack of run support he was receiving, hence why he only had three wins in his first 11 starts. But since his Herculean 134-pitch effort on June’s first night, Santana has been very hittable. Over his last eight starts, Santana has gone...
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