At 61-19, Johan Santana has been money in the bank in his career during the second half. The Mets will need to cash a Santana check today against the Giants to avoid being swept and perhaps falling into a free fall.
Santana gave up five hits in seven innings in beating Atlanta last Sunday to prevent a sweep in that series.
Overall, the Mets have lost six of their last seven and eight of their last ten games.
“I feel much better,’’ Santana said. “Hopefully, this second half will be a strong one.’’
A little run support would be nice. Santana (7-5, 2.98 ERA) has been given all of six runs over his last five games.
The Mets were held scoreless in the first 24 innings of the series before Ike Davis hit the first of two homers yesterday.
The Mets will be without Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes today, but are expected to have both available for tomorrow’s game at Arizona.
Jerry Manuel said today the Mets will get Luis Castillo back from the disabled list tomorrow, and that Oliver Perez might be brought up later in the week. Manuel said Hisanori Takahashi would make his next start, Thursday in Los Angeles, and Perez would be used as a situational lefty.