R.A. Dickey followed Johan Santana's no-hitter with the Mets' second straight shutout and the Amazin's moved seven games over .500 for the first time since July 15, 2010 with a 5-0 win against the Cardinals on Saturday at Citi Field.
Mets pitchers produced back-to-back complete-game shutouts for the first time since Dickey and Santana also combined on the feat on Aug. 12 and 13, 2010. Dickey upped his scoreless streak to 17 1/3 innings. The knuckleballer did not have a three-ball count until he faced the final batter of the game, Carlos Beltran. The ex-Met ultimately flied out. Dickey picked up his eighth win, matching Philadelphia's Cole Hamels and St. Louis' Lance Lynn -- whom Dickey opposed Saturday -- for the NL lead.
David Wright capped the scoring with a solo homer in the eighth. It was Wright's 734th run scored as a Met, pulling him within one of matching Jose Reyes' franchise record.
In tonight's ESPN-televised game at 8:05, Jon Niese (3-2, 4.55 ERA) opposes Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook (4-4, 3.69). The Mets will induct John Franco into the team's Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony. He will be the 26th person enshrined.
Sunday's news reports:
• Coming off his historic no-hitter in which he logged a career-high 134 pitches, Santana is expected to pitch on extra rest in his next outing, likely against the Yankees on Friday in the Bronx. As a result, the Mets have abandoned their plan to give Chris Young two more minor league starts. Young is expected to jump into the major league rotation as soon as Tuesday in D.C.Adam Rubin
Chris Young should make his season debut with the Mets in D.C.
Young is returning from May 16, 2011 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder -- the same procedure Santana underwent the previous September. Young has made four minor league appearances, most recently with Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday. He limited Columbus to two hits and three walks in six scoreless innings while throwing 87 pitches. None of Young's minor league starts came on standard rest.
• The Hall of Fame is calling for Santana game-used items, Tom Pedulla writes in Newsday. "It is one of those events everybody is talking about," Hall spokesman Barry Horn told Pedulla. "In the 50th anniversary of the team, certainly interest is heightened. ... We have game-used baseballs from every no-hitter since 1940, so we requested that. We don't need to have everything, but we would certainly welcome one of them to document the moment."
• Terry Collins has yet to announce his upcoming rotation, but Miguel Batista is eligible to return from the DL on Monday and seems like a fit for the series finale against the Cardinals. That was Jeremy Hefner's actual day anyway, so he is an option. Or Dillon Gee can pitch on standard rest that day since he last pitched Wednesday, with Batista potentially going in D.C. along with Young.
• Mike Baxter suffered a displaced right collarbone as well as fractured rib cartilage in the collision with the wall on the no-hitter-saving catch on Yadier Molina's seventh-inning shot. The no-hitter was costly for reliever Ramon Ramirez as well. Ramirez strained a hamstring running in from the bullpen during the postgame celebration, Collins said. The manager estimated Baxter would miss six weeks. Baxter said he did not suffer a concussion. Baxter's left shoulder had the initial jolt and that arm went numb, but it was his right side that ultimately suffered the brunt of the damage. "That'll tell you how hard he hit it," Collins said, referring to the wall. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Daily News, Record and Newsday.
• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post is prepared to push aside Dwight Gooden's no-hitter with the Yankees for Santana's feat as the most notable he has observed. Writes Sherman:
Because this is baseball, we knew all of this and, thus, we were there in the dugout agonizing with Collins on Friday night. We knew these two main storylines were now at war: Was it worth jeopardizing Santana’s health by pushing his pitch count higher, higher, higher than it had ever been, even pre-surgery, all to make the toothache go away forever? Collins, his humanity and honesty on full display, admitted the next day there were parts of him hoping the Cardinals would get a hit, part of him regretting a decision he said “went against everything I stand for.”
• Jay Horwitz, the Mets' PR man since 1980, told columnist John Harper in the Daily News: “Even I’m a little bit overwhelmed by the reaction. It’s almost that ‘Now-I-can-die-in-peace’ type of thing.’’
• Columnist Bob Klapsich in the Record wrote:
One major league executive who watched the no-hitter on TV said, “I actually felt sorry for Terry because he knew the consequences. I’d bet you a million bucks he was rooting for a base hit after the seventh inning.”
• The Mets did not announce corresponding moves after Saturday's game for Baxter and Ramirez heading to the DL, but Pedro Beato is expected to join the Mets as soon as today, the day he is eligible to be activated. Beato, who developed a shoulder issue during spring training, has made eight relief appearances between St. Lucie and Buffalo, including tossing two scoreless innings Saturday for the Triple-A club. The Mets would have to make a 40-man roster move since Beato did not count while on the 60-day DL.
• Jason Bay went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts while serving as the DH in a rehab game for Class A St. Lucie on Saturday. He should be close to rejoining the Mets. The organization preferred Bay rehab with Buffalo, but Bay opted for the Florida locale. Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) had been scheduled to run Saturday and should test the balky muscle circling the bases today.
• St. Lucie ended up sweeping a doubleheader from the Tampa Yankees to clinch its division's first-half title in the Florida State League. St. Lucie owns a 43-12 record. The clincher came in Game 1 behind six scoreless innings from Angel Cuan, but the nightcap had the dramatics. With the score tied in the bottom of the final frame, Cory Vaughn walked, moved to second when Blake Forysthe was hit by a pitch and scored on a subsequent error. For Binghamton, Robert Carson notched his second Eastern League save. With Buffalo, Fernando Cabrera surrendered a game-winning homer at Toledo. Read Saturday's full minor league recap here.
David Wright has moved within one of Jose Reyes' franchise record for runs scored.
• Wright reiterated Saturday what he said the previous day that was lost in the no-hitter hoopla: He does not want to negotiate a contract extension in-season. The third baseman said he had resolved with his agents not to negotiate in-season even before the year started. Wright's side informed the front office Thursday of the policy, he said. Wright said his 2006 in-season extension was a distraction. "We let the front office know ... just so everybody is on the same page and we can just focus on baseball," Wright said. "And that's it. It's just not necessary. With the good vibes that are going on right now and just the 'good' surrounding this club, I just feel somewhat selfish in the middle of the season to be talking about myself, talking about me, when we should be talking about we."
• Beltran had high praise for Santana before Saturday's game. The ex-Met did not grouse above being deprived of an extra-base hit by an incorrect foul call Friday by ump Adrian Johnson. "What can I say? I think it was meant to happen," Beltran said, according to David Lennon in Newsday. "That's the only way I can put it. Honestly, I'm happy for Johan because he's a good man and he really has battled, last year and this year. He's a competitor and he loves to win. I love to win also, but sometimes God rewards people for how hard they work. He has really gone through a lot and now he's getting good results."
• The St. Louis Post-Dispatch put an asterisk on its sports front next to "NO-HITTER." View here.
• Right-hander Chris Schwinden, who was placed on waivers Thursday to clear a 40-man roster spot for Elvin Ramirez, was claimed by Toronto. In parts of two seasons at the major league level, Schwinden was 0-3 with a 6.98 ERA in seven appearances (six starts).
• Fernando Martinez, who was claimed off waivers from the Mets during the offseason, was promoted Saturday and made his Houston Astros debut. Martinez went 1-for-5 with two RBIs and three strikeouts. His subpar route and diving attempt on Brandon Phillips' shot to right field did allow the Reds to take a 10-9 lead en route to a 12-9 win. The promotion coincided with Travis Buck landing on the DL. Martinez, 23, was hitting .319 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 188 at-bats at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Read more in the Houston Chronicle.
• The MLB draft begins Monday. The Mets pick 12th. Baseball America projects the Mets will take David Dahl, a high school outfielder from Birmingham, Ala. Texas A&M right-hander Michael Wacha and Louisiana high school shortstop Gavin Cecchini are projected as the primary alternatives. The Mets will get extra picks at No. 35 and No. 71 overall for losing Reyes to the Marlins, before their own second-round pick at No. 75. Dahl and Cecchini worked out Friday at Citi Field for Paul DePodesta, Sandy Alderson and other Mets honchos, Brian Costa of the Journal tweeted.
• Omar Minaya weighed in on Santana's no-hitter in the Daily News.
• Columnist George Vecsey in the Times notes not every devout Mets fan saw Santana's no-no. Writes Vecsey:
Every fan had long been aware that no Met had ever pitched a no-hitter. In true biblical wandering, the fans consoled themselves by muttering, “Someday it will happen,” yet some of them inevitably took their eye off the ball. I know one Mets fan who on Friday night went to watch his daughter in a school play. Never saw a pitch of their 8,020th game. That will teach him to be a good dad. Another Mets fan left a despondent monotone message on my answering machine at 11:30 p.m. Friday: “I go out for a good time and this is how God punishes me. It just isn’t fair.” That guy has not sounded so disconsolate since the Mets traded Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell for some mope in 1989. His message then was: “It stinks. It just stinks.” Of course, it stinks. You’re a Mets fan. It’s part of the deal.
• The web site nonohitters.com, which chronicled the Mets' no-hit futility, is now irrelevant. Site founder Dirk Lammers told Brian Costello in the Post he may turn over the domain name to a Padres fan. “It’s not like the thing was profitable,” Lammers told Costello. “It’s not going to hurt me financially. If I made 12 cents on Google ads, that was a good day. It wasn’t going to make me rich. I will miss it. It was a fun thing.” With the site overwhelmed with traffic Friday, many who clicked on the web page in the wake of Santana's feat got a message that read: "Error establishing a database connection." Read more in the Journal.
TRIVIA: Bay appeared for Class A St. Lucie on Saturday to begin a rehab assignment. What year did he play for that club as an actual minor leaguer?
Saturday's answer: The San Diego Padres are the lone major league team without a no-hitter.