Oh the Thanks I would Give for Johan
We all know how consistent Johan Santana has been throughout his short lived career. We could look at his two Cy Young Awards or his Gold Glove Award. We could look at his stats over the past five seasons in which he has averaged over 16 wins, 230 strikeouts, and a 2.89 earned run average. But how would we look at his transition from the AL Central to the NL East?
I would say as smooth as a silk diaper on a baby’s bottom. For his career, Santana has a 6-2 record in 10 games, in which he as pitched an average of 6.5 innings per game. In 64.2 innings he has allowed only 13 earned runs manufacturing a miniscule 1.81 ERA. In three games against the Mets he is 3-0 with a .818 ERA, allowing only one walk, two earned runs and 13 hits in 22 innings pitched.
His top opponent has been Atlanta in which he has a career ERA of 3.09, an ERA that would have ranked 7th in all of baseball this past season. His career ERA against the Marlins (1.59), Mets (0.82) and Nationals (2.40) undoubtedly would have ranked him at the top.
And, although ESPN.com has reported that the only teams that could conceivable trade the necessary players to the Twins for this highly touted star are the Mets, Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers, it is still nice to give wonder if the Phills were to get him and thanks if the Mets do not.