While Joe Torre renews acquaintances with the Yankees this weekend, the Mets will be having a reunion weekend of their own, with Johan Santana’s start against the Twins on Saturday at Citi Field.
There’s lots of interesting material related to Santana and his former squad. Among the things we’ve culled from various resources (Baseball-Reference.com, Stats LLC, and the Elias Sports Bureau) that are most noteworthy:
• Since the Twins franchise moved to Minnesota in 1961, Santana ranks as the team’s all-time leader in win percentage (.679) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.5), and ranks among its all-time leaders in WHIP (1.09), and total strikeouts, (1,381).
Career In 8 Seasons with Twins
• From 2003 to 2006 with the Twins, Santana set the standard for post-All-Star Break performance. In that span, he went 40-4 with a 2.07 ERA, including a 13-0 mark with a 1.21 ERA in 15 starts in 2004.
Santana had one other unbeaten run after the All-Star Break run, going 8-0 with the 2008 Mets.
• After snatching Santana away in a post Rule V draft trade with the Marlins, the Twins greatly limited the situations in which Santana appeared.
In 2000, they went 2-28 in his 30 appearances. Both wins were games in which Santana won in relief. From 2003 to 2007, they’d go 117-62 when he pitched, 105-47 when he started.
• Santana was 3-0 with an 0.82 ERA for the Twins against the Mets. That’s the third-best ERA against the Mets for any pitcher with at least three starts against them.
Entering the day of his first win against the Mets (June 18, 2002), his career record was 4-4. The last of his three wins was, a 9-0, one-strikeout shutout of the Mets on June 17, 2007. After that game, his mark stood at 85-37.
Most Combined Wins- Mets and Twins
• The Mets and Twins have shared a host of prominent pitchers besides Santana, among them Jerry Koosman, Frank Viola, Rick Reed and Rick Aguilera.
Those four along with Santana, each won at least 25 games for both the Twins and the Mets. Santana’s 127 wins combined for these two teams trail the “leader,” Koosman, who finished with 179 between the two.
Mark Simon is a researcher for Baseball Tonight. Follow him on Twitter at @msimonespn or e-mail him at email@example.com.