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Johan Santana will make his next start on a pitch count

Aug 20, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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Johan Santana is staying in the Mets’ rotation despite getting knocked around for six or more runs in each of his last five starts, but manager Terry Collins will have him on a strict pitch count.

Collins declined to reveal the exact number, but told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that Santana will be allowed to throw fewer than 100 pitches when he takes his normal turn in the rotation Thursday versus the Rockies, in New York.

Santana hasn’t topped 95 pitches in a start since June anyway, so obviously that’s not the issue in terms of his performance, but the Mets are also focused on keeping his workload in check. Collins indicated that shutting Santana down in September remains an option.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    In his last start Santana threw very well up to 50 pitches. After that, everything was clobbered.

    Just shut him down.

  2. KOBEshigawa - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    I guess the question at this point isn’t whether or not he should be shut down – he obviously should. The Mets owe him a truckload of money next year and they haven’t anything to play for. It’s more about whether or not that 134 pitch no hitter was the tipping point for him torpedoing his season. In some ways, it was totally worth it for Mets fans. They got a lifelong memory instead of perhaps a one-game Wild Card playoff. But in other ways, a team like the Mets (two strong starters and a good enough offense) could have done some damage in the postseason. I’m guessing for most of the fanbase, leaving Santana out there in a performance that COULD have ruined the rest of the season was worth it, seeing as their chances for postseason glory were slim.

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