No-Han! Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets’ history on Friday night. It ended a span of 8,019 games in franchise history without a no-no.
• ESPN NewYork.com’s Ian O’Connor offers his take.
This was his own video game come to life, and legions of New Yorkers were glued to their TV sets to see if the same left shoulder that cost Santana the entire 2011 season could go the distance against the St. Louis Cardinals.
"They are the world champs," Santana would say. "To talk about a no-hitter coming into this game, no way."
It made no sense, of course it didn't. But this is the way curses and hexes are broken. The Boston Red Sox won it all in 2004 in an absurd show, winning four straight sudden-death games against the New York Yankees, and maybe that was the only way the Red Sox would ever put Babe Ruth's ghost to bed.
• ESPN Stats & Information guru Mark Simon puts Santana’s no-hitter in historical context.
Santana had never thrown a one-hitter or two-hitter. He’d previously thrown five three-hitters.
Santana was the fourth pitcher with multiple Cy Young Awards at the time of his first career no-hitter. The other three are Bob Gibson (1971), Tom Seaver (1978), and Bret Saberhagen (1991).
It was Santana’s second consecutive shutout, making him the first Met to record back-to-back shutouts since David Cone in 1992. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that he was the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in his next start after throwing a shutout since Dave Righetti in 1983.
• Santana walked five, struck out eight and threw a career-high 134 pitches.
"I just couldn't take him out," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
• He also gave up a foul ball to Carlos Beltran that should’ve been a hit.
• Mike Baxter, who not only grew up in Queens but also grew up a Mets fan, made the no-hit saving catch with one out in the seventh inning.
• Lost in the shuffle, David Wright told WFAN radio that he will not discuss a contact extension during the season.
• R.A. Dickey (7-1, 3.06 ERA) faces Lace Lynn (8-1, 2.54) on Saturday afternoon in a matchup of two of the best hurlers in the majors right now.
• Catcher Josh Thole returned to the lineup. Reliever Elvin Ramirez was called up from Triple-A. Catcher Rob Johnson was demoted to the minors. Starter Chris Schwinden was designated for assignment. Details here.
• According to GM Sandy Alderson, reliever Pedro Beato is close to coming off the DL.
• Beltran spoke about his return to Citi Field.
TRIVIA: Now, there is only one team in the majors which has never thrown a no-hitter. Name that team.
Friday answer: Beltran walked in the eighth inning against Cincinnati pitcher Sam LeCure in his final at-bat as a Met on July 26, 2011.