By Mike Steffanos
Game 25: Mets 5 - Pirates 4 (11)
I'm in agreement with most of what I read about last night's game. Hardly an artistic success, the bottom line is that the Mets managed to pull the game out. In that respect it reminded me a lot more of 2006 than 2007. Whether that's a sign of hope for the entire season or not remains to be seen. (As I sit here and dash this off Oliver Perez has absolutely buried the Mets hope for today, walking the ballpark and allowing 7 runs in less than 2 innings of work.)
I talked with my Mets fan mom last night after the game finally ended and she was concerned about the 7 homers Johan Santana has allowed already in 6 starts. It would work out to more than 35 homers in a full season of work if he stayed on that pace.
I understood where she was coming from, but I don't share her concern. Other than the homers, Santana is off to a good start -- particularly when you consider that he is a traditionally slow starter. The following lifetime month by month splits are from BaseballReference.com:
|Johan Santana, By Month, Career|
|Month||IP||ERA||H/9||K/9||BB/9||HR/9||AVG||OB%||SLG||W - L|
Compare his career numbers for March/April with what he's done in his first 6 starts with the Mets:
|2008 March and April|
|IP||ERA||H/9||K/9||BB/9||HR/9||AVG||OB%||SLG||W - L|
The homerun numbers are a little high, but not completely out of line with his career March/April stats. The rest of the numbers are better (other than a slight dip in K/9), most probably related to pitching in the NL vs. the AL.