Jun 30

Mets Matters: No Rest For Johan Santana

Johan Santana (5-4, 3.00 ERA) tries to up the Mets’ winning streak to four when he opposes right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (0-4, 4.04) at 7:15 p.m. ET today at Dodger Stadium.

The Mets aren’t planning on shutting down Santana for the remainder of the first half following tonight’s start. It sounds like a good idea, Terry Collins said there’s no need as the left hander has held up well physically. There was concern after the 134-pitch no-hitter, but that has dissipated as Santana rebounded after a rocky start against the Yankees.

* Rueben Tejada continues to play well since coming off the disabled list. Last night he reached base a career-high five times.

* Ike Davis was fined $750 for inadvertently touching umpire Manny Gonzalez with this glove Tuesday in Chicago. There will be no suspension. It was good to see MLB go in that direction. In viewing the replay it was clear there no deliberate contact. Davis apologized to Gonzalez and the umpire acknowledged the contact was accidental.

* Jason Bay will attempt to run this afternoon. With the All-Star Game a week away, shutting Bay down for the rest of the first half would be good idea.

Jun 28

Ike Davis Does The Right Thing

Ike Davis is showing signs of getting it, both at the plate and with his demeanor.
During yesterday’s game in Chicago, Davis apologized to plate umpire Manny Gonzalez for inadvertently touching him with his glove in a dispute at first base the night before. Davis was ejected, will be fined and could be suspended for at least a game.

DAVIS: Apologizes to ump.

”I just told him I’m sorry for touching him with my glove, and I didn’t mean to touch him,” Davis told reporters in Chicago. “And he said, ‘No worries. I know you weren’t doing it maliciously.’ It was good. He didn’t seem like he was too upset at me. And, obviously, I had forgotten about it.”

In the first couple years of his career, Davis was developing a reputation with the umpires as a complainer. He’s calmed down considerably in that regard, and yesterday was a positive step.
Gonzalez missed the call, and hasn’t acknowledged as such. Nonetheless, umpires do appreciate it when a player apologizes. It shows signs of maturity and this could go a long way in helping Davis.
Who knows? The next borderline pitch he might get.