In those no-decisions, the Mets gifted a total of five runs. Santana had two other no-decisions in games the Mets won, but they were one-run victories with the winning run scored after he left the game.
Coupled with Mike Pelfrey, the Mets could have one of the best one-two punches in the game.
“With the 1-2 punch of Johan and Mike, I mean, it gives us a good chance to win two out of every five days,’’ said David Wright. “You know that when those two guys take the mound they’re going to give everything they have and keep you in the ballgame. They expect to pitch deep in the game and dominate.’’
In his last start, Santana gave up three hits in eight scoreless innings only to see the bullpen blow things up in the ninth.
Overall against the Padres, Santana is 2-2 with a 2.41 ERA in five starts.
Wright is hot again, going 7-for-10 with a homer and three RBI over his last three games following a stretch in which he hitting .150 (9 for 60) with 22 strikeouts in his previous 16.
Also hot is Jeff Francoeur, who takes a six-game hitting streak into the game, going 11-for-21 in that span. Francoeur, however, is in a homerless drought, not having hit one since May 18, the only one he hit for the month.
Jason Bay has also cooled down, with ten strikeouts over his last seven games.
METS NOTEBOOK: The reports have been good on Carlos Beltran, who might play in an extended spring training game tomorrow. Manager Jerry Manuel said the team is considering playing Beltran in right field when he returns. … Luis Castillo will be examined tomorrow and could land on the DL. … Manuel said he and the front office are still trying to convince Oliver Perez to take the minor league assignment. … Jon Niese will be activated from the DL and will start Saturday.