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Johan Santana strong as Mets hurl another shutout

Jun 19, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

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For the third time in a month, the Mets have posted back-to-back shutouts in starts by R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana.

Santana got the Mets two-thirds of the way there tonight in the 5-0 win over the Orioles, following up Dickey’s one-hitter on Monday with six scoreless innings. Bobby Parnell, Miguel Batista and Jon Rauch combined to finish the shutout from there.

The Mets are first in the NL with eight shutouts, putting them one behind the Angels for the major league lead. No other team has more than six.

For Santana, it was his first good start since his no-hitter 18 days ago. He had allowed 10 runs in 10 innings since. The Orioles kept hitting flyballs against him tonight, but only Matt Wieters, with two doubles, did any damage. Santana allowed four hits, walked two and struck out five while throwing 101 pitches.

  1. christopherhowland - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Imagine a playoff rotation of Santana, Dickey, Niese. WATCH OUT! LGM

    • chill1184 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      Niese has to find consistency.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Are they all going to get traded to the same contender?

      • dan1111 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        Come on now, I’m no Mets fan, but they surely have a shot at it. Santana and Dickey alone are enough to carry a mediocre team to the playoffs if they keep pitching well.

  2. jarathen - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Wait, the Angels have thrown 9 shutouts while also being shut out themselves nine times?

    Deep.

  3. sdelmonte - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    This weekend’s Subway Series promises a lot of good pitching matchups, though Johan will miss it. (Given how the Yankees have eaten him for breakfast, though, I don’t think this is a bad thing.) The big event is Sunday night, with CC and RA.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Pettitte/Niese won’t be too shabby, either, and while we have no idea if Young is back to being a decent pitcher, him against Nova isn’t bad if that’s your worst pitching matchup of the series.

      • sdelmonte - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

        Young has been giving me room for hope. Assuming he stays healthy (big if with him).

        I really, really wish the Mets could have re-signed Capuano, though.

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