This is just them putting out bull**** to attempt to justify their Yankees not trading for Santana. Hell, most of what they said was pure numbers manipulation or flat out un-true (Santana lost 3-4 mph, LMAO!).
How about that this is actually statiscally one of Santana's Best First Halfs. In 2004, Santana had a 3.78 ERA in the First Half, and he won the Cy Young that year. In 2005, Santana had a 3.98 ERA in the First Half. In 2006, he did manage to get it down to 2.98, but those are his 3 best years statistically, and 2 of them (1 of his Cy Young Winning Seasons) are behind where Johan Santana is currently at, and the third is certaintly within reach.
(Also, btw, he gave up 14, 15, and 18 Home Runs in the first half of those 3 seasons).
johan has been good to very good all season. he had one bad game. the thing that strikes me most about this thread is the yankees fans seemingly trying to will santana into being damaged goods so they can feel better about not getting him.
Yankee fan here. I would want Santana on our team! I think Home runs given up by him have been mostly solo ones(I think that's the case) . He heats up in the second half like Andy P. Meanwhile Phil Hughes get well and get out there.
Jason (Atlanta): You've actually answered every one of the 1,000,000 questions I've ever asked, so let's keep the streak alive. Do you give credence to the whispers that Johan is losing a bit of his luster, or are too many people forgetting he's tradionally been a second half pitcher?
SportsNation Jayson Stark: I do. I've heard from too many scouts and hitters that he hasn't been the same. Barely even throws the slider. Hanging more changeups. Both stuff and command not as crisp. But you know what? He's STILL great. And as you said, he's been a second-half pitcher. So I still say he's the least of the Mets' worries. And congratulations on extending your streak to 1,000,001.
Johan moves to 7-3. Only Webb has won more in the NL and the Mets are 9-3 in his starts. Watching closely tonight Johan may not have the feel for his slider yet this season but he is still good enough to win the majority of his starts. If the slider returns we should see his patented big run. If not we may just have to settle for a very, very good pitcher.
With the two big wins this week by Johan it may be more accurate to focus the "concern" across town on the Yanks presumed Ace.
Went to the game last night. Santana was flat out dominant. He had good command on his changeup, FB was popping at a nice velocity and he was working in his slider more against the lefties. The best thing was that, he made big pitches and in the middle innings got quick outs.
It also seems like he has tweaked something in his mechanics or it's just Irony because in his last 3 starts, 1 HR allowed and his GB:FB ratio is 37:19, very unlike him.
LOL so we should worry about "down the road" because he has dropped off some in his strikeout totals? We DON'T CARE about his contract and trying to use it as a "issue" is weak considering that the Yanks are currently paying a couple of guys named Pavano and Igawa.
Wang will never sign a 20 mill a year contract due to situations such as last October. The Yankees had zero problem reminding him of that concern during arbitration negotiations.
To get a Johan you have to overpay in both dollars and years and hope you get good production for 3/4's of the contract length. That is a fact of baseball and you will surely find out when you have to fill some holes next off season.
I can just see the Yanks saying no to Sabathia at 6 years say 18mill .