The was 33-year old Santana’s first start since his 134-pitched no-hitter; and the Mets ace is coming off major shoulder surgery, which cost him the 2011 season.
Prior to the game, I heard both manages acknowledged that it is never an easy choice when deciding to leave a starter in a game when personal accomplishments are on the line.
Girardi made it clear that he would have kept Santana in the game last week, just like the Mets manager did but also added that he did not envy being in Collins shoes either because the last thing you want to do is hurt the team down the stretch.
So, now you have to wonder if Collins made the wrong decision?
Could Santana’s jaded performance vs. the Yankees be due to throwing too many pitches a week ago?
Well, you have to consider that prior to last night’s loss, Santana had only allowed four homers and 12 earned runs all season.
After the Yankee win, Santana’s homer number went to eight and earned runs to 18, which makes me have to believe that something was off. Santana went from being unhittable against the reigning Champion Cardinals but allowed Robbie Cano, who had struggled to go yard twice.
Wonder if I asked Girardi the question again if his answer would change?
My guess is it would.