New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana is expected to start Thursday against the Colorado Rockies after talk the lefty would be shut down for the season, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin.
Santana has struggled since posting a no-hitter against the Cardinals back on June 1st. In his ten starts since the no-no, Santana has allowed six or more runs in six of those outings and became the first Mets pitcher to allow six or more runs in five consecutive starts.
You really have to start wondering if the 134 pitches thrown during the no-hitter is the reason behind the struggles. If Santana was injured during the game, was it really worth it long-term for both Santana and the Mets to record the historic no-hitter?
I guess it’s nice to have the no-hitter on the resume, but in the expense of a career, probably not.
For the season, he has posted a 4.85 ERA, 4.09 FIP and 4.03 xFIP.
And the rest from around MLB:
Yankees injured starter Michael Pineda was arrested for a DUI early Monday morning. [New York Post]
Roger Clemens, age 50, has signed a contract with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League, although it may only be for one start [twitter]
Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera may be punished more than the 50-games after he was caught creating a phony website. [CBSSports.com]
Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first rehab game in the Gulf Coast League. [twitter]
The Colorado Rockies may be without Michael Cuddyer for the remainder of the season after he re injured his oblique on Saturday. [Denver Post]
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez underwent x-rays on his fractured hand and doctors feel it’s healing as expected. Rodriguez has missed four weeks since being hit on the hand by Felix Hernandez. The original timetable for a return was 4-6 weeks. [MLB.com]
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was impressed with John Lackey’s bullpen session on Sunday [ESPN.com]
Parkes examines the contract extension the Cubs handed to shortstop Starlin Castro. [Getting Blanked]
Lyle Overbay will join the Braves when rosters expand on September 1st. [twitter]
Look ahead to tonight:
In what should be called the feature attraction of the night, the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers will do battle the next three nights, with both teams looking to get a leg up for the National League West division crown. Currently, the Dodgers lead the Giants by just a half game in the standings. Madison Bumgarner will take the hill for the Giants while the Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw’s last outing against the Giants was a dominate performance, holding them to five hits and striking out seven in a complete game shutout.
The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves start a big three game series tonight in Washington, with the two teams separated by five games in the National League East. Tim Hudson takes the mound for the Braves against the National League leader in ERA, Jordan Zimmermann. The two teams play again in mid-September, but if the Braves plan on making a move for the division title, a sweep will be required now. Zimmermann, who has only two wins in 11 home starts in 2012, will be facing the Braves for the first time this season.
Oddly enough, we may have our first look at a possible playoff matchup with the wild card bound Orioles in Texas to take on the West leading Rangers. Your pitching matchup tonight features Miguel Gonzalez vs. Ryan Dempster. Texas has scored 98 more runs than the Orioles this year but are only separated by four wins in the standings. The Orioles minus 43 run differential ranks them 22nd in the league.