Maybe the Mets will score for him today. The Mets, winners of nine straight home games, haven’t been supportive of their ace.
Johan Santana has been marvelous, throwing 15 straight scoreless innings over his last two starts, but having nothing to show for it. In his last start, he threw seven scoreless at San Diego, but the Mets went on to lose 5-1 in 11 innings.
Santana’s ERA over his last five games is 0.74, but the Mets have given him two or fewer runs in four of them. Santana has four victories, but with a little support he could have eight. Easy.
Santana will start Game 1 of the day-night doubleheader at Citi Field and Jon Niese will start the second game.
Manuel flipped Niese with R.A. Dickey, saying he liked the idea of starting a knuckleballer in the first game of a series because it could throw a team off balance.
The Mets enter the first game four games over .500, with their season best five games over, that being after their Friday night win at Philly in what seems like ages ago.
With a doubleheader sweep – and that’s thinking greedy – the Mets would tie an 11-game home streak in August, 2006.
“We’ve played extremely well here,’’ manager Jerry Manuel said. “We’re confident here.’’
NOTE: John Maine is to throw today on the side and barring any setbacks make the first of two rehab starts on Sunday. When he’s ready to be activated Hisanori Takahashi should return to the bullpen. If not, Maine said he would be open to the bullpen.
Here’s the lineup for Game 1:
Jose Reyes, SS
Angel Pagan, CF
Jason Bay, LF
Ike Davis, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Alex Cora, 2B
Henry Blanco, C
Johan Santana, LP