I Get to Watch Johan Santana on Three Days’ Rest Tomorrow
I don’t think it’s going to be pretty. Even if he does pitch well, the Mets bullpen is just going to blow it. He won’t be able to go much past 100 pitches — if at all — after throwing 125 last time out. I firmly believe the Mets’ best chance lies in having Santana pitch on Sunday and just rolling the dice on Brandon Knight or Jon Niese tomorrow. But that’s not going to happen. Instead we get Santana and Oliver Perez on three days’ rest.
Here are their career stats on three days’ rest (not including when Santana was a reliever):
Santana: 3 GS, 14.2 IP, 6.14 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, .919 OPS
Perez: 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 13.50 ERA, 3.75 WHIP, 1.338 OPS
Let’s break this down. Knight or Niese tomorrow could be awful, but Perez on three days’ rest on Sunday could be awful as well. The difference is Santana on three days’ rest or four. Santana tomorrow means most likely six to seven decent innings. Santana pitching on Sunday would probably mean another dominating performance, and at most one inning from the bullpen. Well, at least I’ll get to see him pitch tomorrow now. I guess we’ll see just how much of a god he really is.
And oh yeah, there was a game tonight. I’m not going to talk about that. In retrospect, I should have watched the presidential debate. But I had another trainwreck to watch. I got to watch the Marlins once again come out guns blazing, ready to spoil the Mets season, while the Mets played like it was a spring training game. Fucking pathetic.