Do you remember that eight-game winning streak? Well, the Mets are 7-9 since and if they continue their sputtering they could be in danger of giving back the ground they gained.
They’ll give the ball to Johan Santana tonight with the hope of climbing back to ten games over .500.
Santana, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, is 1-3 with a 3.40 ERA in his last seven starts. He’s been given two runs or less in six of them – all games lost by the Mets.
Last Thursday, Santana fell victim to the pitch count, leaving after 97 in a tie game eventually lost by the Mets, 2-1, at Washington.
He is 3-0 with a 3.57 ERA in four career starts against Cincinnati.
Unfortunately, the Mets seem bent on pushing the envelope with Jose Reyes, who has missed the last six games with a strained oblique.
Jerry Manuel said Reyes can hit right handed, but still feels it from the left side. Translation: He’s not ready.
Even so, Reyes could find himself in tonight’s game batting right-handed against a right-hander. For years, the Mets have been criticized for how they treat their injured players. After being so cautious with Reyes earlier this season, it seems foolish to force the issue with the All-Star break coming.