NEW YORK (BaseballStL) -- It doesn’t matter if you are a New York Mets fan or not, a no-hitter is a great accomplishment to witness -- even if it is against your favorite team. But what could it cost the Mets for allowing Johan Santana to go the distance all alone?
One hundred and thirty-four pitches thrown. It’s the total number of pitches Santana needed to no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. It is also a career-high for the left-hander, who missed all of last season following shoulder surgery in September 2010. It should also be noted it was the second straight complete game shutout thrown by the sizzling Santana, who needed an extra 38 pitches for the no-hitter.
Mets manager Terry Collins debated taking his ace out in the eighth inning until Santana reportedly told him “I’m not coming out of this game.” Now Collins and the Mets faithful will have to wait to see if allowing the surgically repaired starter to do it all Friday night will do more longterm damage after the short term success.
For the first time in several years, the Mets have a legitimate chance to contend for the NL East crown as they are tied for second place and only one game behind the division-leading Washington Nationals after Friday’s win.
It has been stated that a team cannot clinch a playoff spot in June, but can definitely blow it then which makes Friday’s performance a crucial part in the Mets success. How will the amount of pitches thrown affect Santana? Is the young supporting cast of the ‘no-name’ Mets ready to step it up if their veteran ace falters? Only time will tell.