First Pitch: Waiting on Johan

A week ago, Johan Santana made Met history, completing the first no-hitter in the franchise's 51st season. However, there was a price-tag on it.

Santana, after missing all of last year following shoulder surgery, threw a career-high 134 pitches. Mets' manager Terry Collins looked visibly shaken afterward, lamenting the fact that he may have put Santana's future in jeopardy.

Tonight, we will find out if there is a hangover effect as the patient Yankees may test Collins' hook. It is hard to imagine that Collins will allow Santana to throw much more than 100 pitches. So will the Yankees' go out of their way to push Santana's pitch count up?

"I don't want our guys to change their approach," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You keep your same approach because he may have no ill-effects of it. It may not bother him."

The Yankees have had some success off Santana. Derek Jeter (. 442 in 43 at-bats), Robinson Cano (.364 in 22 at-bats) and Raul Ibanez (.348 in 46 at-bats) have all gotten the better of Santana. Ibanez usually doesn't play against lefties, but maybe Girardi looks into his binder and decides to go with Ibanez.

UP NOW: Wally Matthews' column, along with our Subway Series Extravaganza. Amongst the offerings, I match-up the Yankees and Mets and it comes out surprisingly close.

ON DECK: Another Bombers Beat will be on the blog at 10:15. At 10:45, the always fun YankeeMetrics, courtesy of Katie Sharp. At 11:45 p.m., Sharp and Mark Simon will have a special Subway Edition of "Double Play." At 12:45 p.m., we will hear from Mark Teixeira and at 1:45 Andy Pettitte will deliver his thoughts in the blog. Plus, any and all other news throughout the day.

IN THE HOLE: Wally, Ian O'Connor, Mike Mazzeo and I will out to cover all the Subway festivities from the Bronx. The pitching matchups: Hiroki Kuroda (4-6, 3.82 ERA) vs. Johan Santana (3-2, 2.38). On Saturday, Phil Hughes (5-5, 4.96) vs. Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.48). On Sunday, Andy Pettitte vs. Jonathon Niese (4-2, 4.11).

QUESTION OF THE DAY: The first and last place teams in the AL East are separated by three games. Who will end up first and who will end up last?