It looks like this could be it for Mets starter Johan Santana. According to pretty much every baseball source on the internet, the 34-year old two-time Cy Young award winner will undergo another surgery for a tear of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder, and faces a very tough road back. It doesn’t really do much in either direction in terms of the Mets chances for success this season, but it does mean we very well may have seen the end of one of the best arms of the last generation.
Santana was dominant between 2004 and 2008, recording at least 200 k’s and more than 219 innings each year. He was particularly good in his first Cy-Young season in 2004; striking out 265, with a 2.61ERA and a 182 ERA+. Over his 12 year career he’s 139-78, with a 3.20 ERA, 1.132 WHIP and 136 ERA+.
There’s bound to be a lot of hand-wringing and debate around whether his 134-pitch no-hitter on June 1st sped along the demise of his pitching shoulder, but it would be nice to take a step back and appreciate a fine career that could very well be in jeopardy.