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  1. Johan Santana plans to pitch next season

    Aug 20, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets

    Johan Santana‘s agent gave an update on the left-hander’s status, telling Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that the two-time Cy Young winner plans to pitch next season after missing all of this year following shoulder surgery. Santana will be a free agent after finishing a six-year, $137.5 million contract with the Mets…

  2. Tim Lincecum could have an interesting Hall of Fame case someday

    Jul 14, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    With his fastball hovering around 90 mph these days, Tim Lincecum will probably never again be what he was when he first came up. Of course, that’s a remarkably high standard; Lincecum won Cy Young Awards in his first two full seasons and led the NL in strikeouts three years in a row. From 2007…

  3. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 29, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    Bartolo Colon Getty

    What the heck is going on with Bartolo Colon? His incredible run of success continued last night, as he fired eight innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory over the Cardinals at O.Co Coliseum. He has wins in each of his last eight starts and is the first pitcher to win seven in a…

  4. The rise of the 12-strikeout game

    May 31, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee follows through on a pitch to the New York Yankees during their MLB interleague baseball game in New York

    Last night, it was Dillon Gee and Doug Fister. On Wednesday, it was Eric Stults, of all people. All told, there have been 23 12-strikeout games from pitchers one-third of the way through the 2013 season. Not only is it a record pace, but it’s already more than the entire league achieved in 2005 or 2008. It…

  5. Bust no more: Carlos Gomez has been one of the best players in baseball

    May 28, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    Carlos Gomez continued his breakout season yesterday by smacking two homers against the Twins, who acquired him from the Mets as a prospect in the Johan Santana deal and traded him to the Brewers for J.J. Hardy two disappointing seasons later. Gomez was a bust in Minnesota, hitting .248 with a .645 OPS in 290…

  6. Jon Niese hammered for eight runs as ERA rises to 5.93

    May 11, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

    Jon Niese Getty

    When Jon Niese was awarded his first Opening Day assignment this year, the hope was that he would help lead the Mets’ rotation with Johan Santana sidelined and R.A. Dickey in Toronto. However, while Matt Harvey has quickly emerged as that No. 1 guy, Niese hasn’t looked anything close to the same pitcher. Niese’s early…

  7. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 6, 2013, 6:58 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Cardinals 10, Brewers 1: The four-game sweep of the Brewers. Four RBI for Allen Craig. That’s six straight wins for the Cards, who are in their customary first place position in rather quiet fashion. The six first place teams right now: Boston, Detroit, Texas, Atlanta, St. Louis, San Francisco. Not many surprises there. I guess…

  8. Anibal Sanchez had himself a ballgame

    Apr 26, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Detroit Tigers

    With all due respect to Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann, the author of a one-hit shutout against the Cincinnati Reds, Anibal Sanchez was tonight’s best pitcher. The right-hander, who signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Tigers back in December, shut out the Braves with a franchise record 17 strikeouts over eight innings. The Braves…

  9. Johan Santana undergoes shoulder surgery

    Apr 2, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Johan Santana Getty

    Second time around for major shoulder surgery for one of the best pitchers I’ve ever seen: Johan Santana underwent successful surgery this morning at HSS to repair a tear in the capsule in the front of his left shoulder. — New York Mets (@Mets) April 2, 2013   “Successful” is good, of course. But I…

  10. Is Johan Santana a Hall of Famer?

    Mar 30, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    National League New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana during first inning action in Washington

    Though Johan Santana has expressed a desire to continue his playing career after recently finding out he had re-torn the anterior capsule muscle in his left shoulder, one can’t help but reflect on his great 12-year career with the Twins and Mets. Jay Jaffe did just that at Sports Illustrated, concluding that the Hall of…

  11. Johan Santana to undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday

    Mar 30, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    The Mets just announced that Johan Santana will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair the new tear in the anterior capsule of his left shoulder. This will effectively end his season and his tenure with the Mets. The new tear in the shoulder was found following an MRI earlier this week. Santana took a couple of…

  12. Johan Santana is leaning toward surgery, hopes to continue career

    Mar 30, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT

    Johan Santana

    We learned on Thursday that Johan Santana is dealing with a “probable re-tear” of the anterior capsule muscle in his left shoulder and is likely facing another surgery. Santana needed 19 months to make it back to the majors following the first surgery, so there has been some speculation about whether he wants to go…

  13. Extensions are the new on-base percentage

    Mar 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Dave Dombrowski, Justin Verlander

    Years after Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball and teams started taking a smarter approach to building baseball teams, writers would often proclaim something as “the new on-base percentage”. Billy Beane’s Oakland Athletics rose to prominence in one small part due to their ability to find cheap players with good on-base skills. A quick Google search of the…

  14. Justin Verlander and Tigers agree to $180 million contract

    Mar 29, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

    verlander gatorade

    Justin Verlander was eligible for free agency after the 2014 season, but the former MVP and the Tigers have agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep him in Detroit through at least 2019. Verlander was already under contract for $20 million this season and $20 million next season as part of a deal…

  15. Johan Santana isn’t sure when he’ll be able to pitch

    Mar 23, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    It’s already a given that Johan Santana will begin the season on the disabled list, but his comments to reporters this morning indicate that the Mets will have to make due without him for quite a while. Johan Santana just spoke to the media. Admitted his shoulder doesn't feel great, an has no clue when…

  16. Turner, Valdespin could replace Wright, Murphy in Mets’ Opening Day lineup

    Mar 17, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Opening Day for the Mets could be very uninspiring. With Johan Santana unlikely to be ready, it is looking like David Wright and Daniel Murphy could join him on the bench, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin: If David Wright and Murphy both open the season on the DL, Collins added, he likely would use Justin…

  17. 2013 Preview: New York Mets

    Mar 15, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The New York Mets. The Big Question: Can David Wright carry the Mets to .500? The Mets are in a…

  18. The Mets and Johan Santana are trying to put the acrimony aside

    Mar 13, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Johan Santana was reportedly angry at the way Sandy Alderson and the Mets have treated him this spring, but at least publicly they’re trying to turn the page. A day after reporting on all of the “rancor,” between the parties, Andy Martino reports that Johan Santana just told reporters that everyone was “on the same…

  19. Johan Santana is “angry” and “bitter” toward the Mets

    Mar 11, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Things are getting weird between the Mets and Johan Santana. Santana has yet to make his spring debut because he is still in the process of building strength in his shoulder. The Mets were caught off guard that the veteran southpaw wasn’t in pitching shape upon reporting to camp, which is all the more curious…

  20. Twins right-hander Deolis Guerra diagnosed with blood clot in shoulder

    Mar 9, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

    Deolis Guerra AP

    After right-hander Deolis Guerra was forced to leave Team Venezuela earlier this week due to injury, Twins general manager Terry Ryan told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com this morning that he suffered a blood clot in his right shoulder. Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that he will miss approximately three months following surgery. This…

  21. Mets aim for Johan Santana to make Grapefruit League debut next week

    Mar 6, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

    Johan Santana AP

    Johan Santana‘s availability for the start of the season is in doubt, but he’s getting closer to making his spring debut. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets are aiming for Santana to make his first start in a week, likely next Thursday against the Tigers. This means he would only get three…

  22. “Almost no chance” Johan Santana avoids starting season on disabled list

    Mar 5, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Johan Santana AP

    There have been a lot of varying reports and mixed signals about Johan Santana‘s health status and potential readiness for Opening Day, but Andy Martino of the New York Daily News paints a picture that’s anything but optimistic. According to Martino “the Mets’ private expectations for Santana’s April 1 availability are even grimmer than their…

  23. Johan Santana throws lightly off mound in Mets camp

    Mar 3, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

    johan santana getty

    Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on Saturday that Johan Santana probably wouldn’t be ready to throw off a mound for another “10 days or so.” But that estimate was about nine days off. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports that Santana made light tosses from a mound on Sunday morning in Mets camp. He clearly…

  24. Johan Santana “less and less likely” to be ready by Opening Day

    Mar 2, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Adam Rubin has the details: “So, from my standpoint, his arm is fine, as far as we know. Was he ready to pitch when he came into camp? No. Even he may have been a little surprised by that. So that leaves us where we are today. And where we are today is getting him…

  25. Johan Santana is “making strides” with his throwing program

    Feb 25, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT

    Johan Santana AP

    Johan Santana was originally scheduled to make his spring debut on March 2, but the Mets announced last week that it will be pushed back due to a conditioning issue related to his throwing. While he hasn’t returned to mound-work since, the Mets are pleased with the progress he has made in recent days. According…

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