Think about that for a moment. The 1962 New York Mets are still the worst team in modern baseball history, losing a remarkable 120 games. Five other times, they’ve lost 100 or more games. They had 13 more seasons that they’ve lost at least 90 games.
But they never ran a starter out there who gave up six or more runs five times in a row before last night.
And they have to do it again, and keep doing it until Santana figures out what’s wrong.
Yet according to ESPN New York, Dan Warthen said last night that the Mets would need to at least consider shutting Santana down before the end of the season.
Worse, Santana himself “seemed receptive” to the idea according to Adam Rubin.
If Santana is hurt, of course he should be placed on the disabled list and treated. But he says he’s fine.
And if he’s fine, Santana has to keep pitching — no matter how ugly the results are.
Although his second half struggles mean the one-time Mets’ ace should be forced to earn his spot in the rotation next spring, his $25.5 million salary guarantees it, if not the Opening Day assignment.
So let’s get the experimenting, tinkering with mechanics and whatever else Warthen thinks he has in his bag of tricks underway now, during garbage time. There’s no reason to delay just to salvage pride.