Well really, what the hell is there to analyze? Besides the fact that it only took two months for people to go from praising a guy for doing what no other Met had done, to wondering if he's done. Johan Santana came back from the disabled list and was absolutely hammered for 8 runs in 1 and 1/3 innings as the Braves beat the Mets again 9-3.
I'm no doctor. I don't know if he's still hurt. I don't know what's wrong with him. Ankle ... shoulder ... after I do my apprenticeship under James Andrews I'll let you know. I know that this has happened before with Johan and he came back just fine. So until he pulls a Victor Zambrano and runs off the mound holding his arm and sobbing, Johan will always get the benefit of the doubt.
He's getting $25.5 million next season. We have no real choice but to give him the benefit of the doubt, do we.
What I do know is that this is getting old. The Mets are 8-21 since July 8th. There's no end in sight. This season is lost. With no money coming off the books next season Sandy Alderson is going to be forced to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic again. Why get Michael Bourn when Generic Michael Bourn is in Buffalo (his name is Fred Lewis). Why get a bat to protect David Wright when Lucas Duda will surely have stopped sulking by April. Why do anything to improve the team when all we really want according to Jeff Wilpon is a good steak sandwich and a post-game concert?
By the way ... hey NASA, if your little rover up there finds that ball that Freddie Freeman hit off Jeremy Hefner, can you bring it back? I think Freeman wants to bronze it.
Pitchers in— Mark Simon (@msimonespn) August 12, 2012
#Mets history to allow 8 runs, 8 hits, AND retire 4 batters or fewer in game -- Calvin Schiraldi (1985) and Johan Santana (2012)
F*cking Calvin Schiraldi. The f*cking Von Hayes game. Two home runs in the first inning. One of them off Schiraldi. I watched that game on a little black and white television. Just look at this guy. He was in AA and he had that deer in the headlights look in his eyes then ... just like he had during the f*cking Von Hayes game, and just like he had during Game 7 of the World Series when everybody was chanting "Cal-vin! Cal-vin!" right before he gave up the home run to Ray Knight. Best thing the Mets ever did was somehow dump him on to the Red Sox to get Bob Ojeda even after the world saw that unbearable performance in Philadelphia. Good thing Schiraldi didn't come up 20 years later. Omar would have held on to him until he was complete garbage and then traded him for expired milk, bone fragments, and Alex Cora.
Selfish Johan Santana just had to tank and remind the world of the f*cking Von Hayes game.