Smart or Stupid?

Congratulations to Johan Santana for pitching the first no-hitter in Mets’ history last night. No-hitters are always great and this one gave Mets’ fans a well-deserved chance to celebrate. But, was this a smart move?

Santana missed all of 2011 thanks to shoulder surgery.  When the 2012 season started, he was given an extra day off each time through the rotation.  The Mets owe him $25 million this season and next as part of a $137-million dollar contract he signed.  Unfortunately, they have only received 99 starts from him over that deal which means he has to stay absolutely healthy if the Mets are to to avoid paying him an average of over $1 million per start.

And that’s my concern from last night.  It was certainly a jolt for the team and fanbase to pitch a no-hitter, but it required Santana to throw 134 pitches- the most he has ever thrown.  For someone who recently recovered from shoulder surgery, this doesn’t seem smart.  With an 8-0 lead, the Mets didn’t need to send Santana out there for the 9th.  Allowing him to complete the no-hitter was a risk.  Hopefully, the Mets are not forced to pay for it in the future.

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  • blmeanie  On June 2, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    if he hurts himself whats the difference, $1m per start or $50m for this and next season for no more starts. The team sucks, they at least got something out of him.

  • blmeanie  On June 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    willing to bet they will after 162?

    • nysportsfanatic  On June 3, 2012 at 12:36 am

      I’m not sure. Obviously, i get your point, but neither the Yankees or the Red Sox inspire me.

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