Yup, he really did! Eight strikeouts, five walks, one great catch by Mike Baxter and no hits. If you feel compelled to bemoan his pitch count (a career high 134), congratulations on completely missing the point. The first no-hitter in the fifty-one year history of the Mets franchise goes to Johan Santana, just eleven starts into his comeback season.
Here is the game chart, it doesn’t really matter. The Mets won. Johan didn’t give up any hits.
It does, however, show that Johan pitched in almost exclusively low-leverage situations, making his very-high-for-a-guy-fresh-off-serious-shoulder-problems pitch count seem a little less scary. If you care about stuff like that, which you probably shouldn’t.
The 134 pitches are a career high as previously mentioned but…no-hitter woooo! By all reports, Santana looked a little gassed in the ninth but now he gets to live forever. A decent trade off if you ask me. (You didn’t.) You can see from this velocity chart that his fastball started tailing off as the start wore on. Still doesn’t matter, no hitter no hitter!
Santan relied heavily on his legendary change up, throwing it 38 times, earning half his 18 whiffs with his devastating change. As one might expect in a no-hitter, not very many ground balls as they have a habit of finding holes. Just three grounders against sixteen flys for Santana.
The feat wasn’t without controversy, as Carlos Beltran hit a line drive the was ruled foul on the field. Replays show…robots hate fun.
But tonight is no longer about Carlos Beltran, it is about the incredible night of Johan Santana and a bright night for Mets fans for the first time in a long time. Too bad some douche in a Gary Carter jersey decided to rush the field and inject himself into the celebration on the mound.
Whatever. Jubilant Mets fans are the order of the day, here’s to them!