May 23.10: Chat Room, Game #45 vs. Yankees: Santana vs. Sabathia.

Overall, Johan Santana has enjoyed pitching against the Yankees, but what’s gnawing at him is his last one.

Santana, 4-2 with a 4.59 ERA in eight regular-season starts against the Yankees – including 1-2 with an 8.64 ERA with the Mets- gave up nine runs in three innings in a 15-0 loss last June 14 at the Stadium.

“It motivates me,’’ Santana said. “I don’t go crazy about it, but it’s there. I want to pitch against them again.’’

That game represented a career-high in runs allowed until the Phillies hit him for ten runs, May 2, at Philadelphia. Since then, he’s made three starts with no decisions, but a 2.49 ERA. He gave up two runs in seven innings in his last start, May 18, at Atlanta.

Interleague play has not been kind to Santana since joining the Mets as a free agent from Minnesota, going 2-5 with a 5.11 ERA in seven starts.

Santana will be going against C.C. Sabathia, who, beat him in three of four starts while the latter was with Cleveland.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Jose Reyes, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Jason Bay, LF
Ike Davis, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Angel Pagan, CF
Rod Barajas, C
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Johan Santana, LP

NOTEBOOK: Daniel Murphy went 5-for-5 with three RBI today for Class A Port St. Lucie. He is expected to join Class AAA Buffalo Tuesday. … Former Mets pitcher Jose Lima, 37, died of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 0-4 with the Mets in 2006, his final season in the major leagues. … Reliever Ryota Igarashi was activated from the DL and reliever Manny Acosta was optioned to Buffalo.

31 thoughts on “May 23.10: Chat Room, Game #45 vs. Yankees: Santana vs. Sabathia.

  1. If they could have done the fundamental thing and advanced Barajas to third, the Mets would have the lead now. Every little bit helps.-JD

  2. 9

    yes u did

    why did cora replace luis?

    why will murph go to AAA? dont they have enuf 1b? also 2b.

  3. sybil must have changed.

    why is johan pitching the 8th? i thought that is forbidden.

  4. But, the Yankees are making Santana work this inning. Before the inning started I thought he had a chance to go nine. Now, that’s not going to happen.-JD

  5. oh that is good

    drop ur ace for one of the guys who are spitting the bit from over use.

  6. EIGHTH INNING: Good job by Feliciano to get Cano on three pitches. Santana was getting in trouble; no sense in pushing the envelope.-JD

  7. dave (19): When I covered the Yankees their game plan vs. Pedro was to run up his pitch count. Martinez’s ERA spiked around 100 pitches.-JD

  8. uv noticed the same with johan?

    i noticed the past few years that johan doesnt always get out of the 6th

  9. A QUICK WRAP/Game #45

    FINAL: Mets 6, Yankees 4.
    RECORD: 22-23.
    THUMBNAIL ANALYSIS: Jason Bay hit two homers to back the strong pitching of Johan Santana, who won for the first time since late April.
    ON THE MOUND: Santana gave up one run in 7 2/3 innings. … Pedro Feliciano relieved Santana with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth and got Robinson Cano on a pop-up to first. … K-Rod punches out A-Rod to end the game with the tying runs on base.
    AT THE PLATE: Bay, who entered the game with one homer, drove in three runs with two homers. … Alex Cora delivered a two-run single.
    IN THE FIELD: Cora replaced Luis Castillo at second just before the start of the game.
    LOOKING AHEAD: Philadelphia is in to start a three-game series Tuesday.-JD