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Johan Santana had a fabulous night

Jul 7, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

It hasn’t been a tragedy or anything, but one of the more, well, troubling things these past couple of years has been seeing Johan Santana transform from “otherworldly” to merely good.  It’s premature to say he won’t win another Cy Young at some point or something, but he simply hasn’t been the same pitcher he used to be since coming to New York. In light of this, last night was a satisfying blast from the past, as Santana dominated the Reds.

Santana threw a three-hit shutout in the 3-0 win, striking out five.  He wasn’t invincible — he walked three guys — but the Reds really never had a chance against him.  He also hit a homer.  Pfun Pfact, courtesy of Twitter friend @tweetthemets: Santana is the first pitcher to hit a homer and pitch a shoutout in
same game was Mike Hampton did it for the Braves back in 2005. Calm down. I just
said it was pfun, not that it was predictive of future success.

Anyway, it was a nice night for Santana and a nice night for the rest of us for getting to see him return to form.

  1. Simon DelMonte - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Anyone see if he gave the traditional “hey, I just hit a homer, why you asking me about my pitching” interviews that pitchers who hit homers like to give?
    Not that he hasn’t earned it. And even with his diminished skills (and his bad luck with run support for ages), Johann remains a gamer. I suspect that I am not the only Mets fan who is glad to have him here even on his bad nights.

  2. Jonny5 - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    blah, blah, blah….. I like Santana much better when he stinks for some reason….

  3. Benny Blanco - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    I feel the same about Hamels

  4. Jonny5 - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    LOL!!!

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