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Johan Santana has a 6.54 ERA since his no-hitter

Jul 20, 2012, 8:47 PM EDT

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Johan Santana‘s struggles continued tonight against the Dodgers, as he was chased after being knocked around for six runs over just three innings. It matched the second-shortest start of his career.

Santana gave up seven hits in all, including a two-run homer to Matt Kemp in the first inning and a two-run homer to Luis Cruz in the third. He walked three and struck out three and threw 45 out of 72 pitches for strikes.

Santana has now allowed 19 runs over his past three starts and six runs or more in each of them. The southpaw is just the third Mets’ pitcher to give up six runs or more in three straight starts, joining Pedro Astacio and Bobby Jones. He’s the fourth pitcher in the majors to do it this season, along with Joe Blanton, Bruce Chen and Mike Minor.

Santana, who missed all of last season while rehabbing his surgically-repaired left shoulder, now has a 3.98 ERA in 110 1/3 innings through 19 starts this season. This includes an ugly 6.54 ERA in eight starts since he threw a career-high 134 pitches in his no-hitter against the Cardinals back on June 1. Perhaps he was due to hit a wall at some point anyway, but given how much he has struggled recently, it’s hard not to look back to his workload from that historic evening in Queens.

  1. georgia - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    I’m glad that Matt Cain is doing fine since his perfect game (2-1, 3.69 ERA). Those stats are higher than what he did before then, but he isn’t putting up similarly poor numbers that Santana and Humber have since their no-hitters.

  2. randygnyc - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Santana, Johan- no hitter*

  3. Glenn - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    I blame the home run derby!

  4. ezthinking - Jul 21, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    I blame regression towards the mean. This is troll shit DJ.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    I just have a tough time imagining that an extra 15 or 20 pitches made the difference between awesome and terrible. I think he had been playing WAY above expectation, and now he is seeing some stat correction. The guy is throwing 88mph fastballs (and has been all year). Eventually, big league hitters were going to figure that out.

  6. fmlizard - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Unlike Bill Smith, I’m glad I sold on Santana at the right time.

  7. jon623 - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Looks like “Nohan” is taking on a different meaning. Yeesh.

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