Johan Santana's ups and downs
Johan Santana's career has seen its share of highs and lows since he was traded to the Mets. Take a look at each of his best and worst moments since 2008.
FEB. 2, 2008: JOHAN JOINS THE METS
The Mets sent a package of prospects to the Minnesota Twins for Santana, who was two years removed from his second Cy Young and coming off his fourth straight season of 15 or more wins. The Mets gave up Delois Guerra, Carlos Gomez, Philip Humber and Kevin Mulvey to acquire Santana and then signed him to a six-year-, $137.5 million contract extension.
MARCH 31, 2008: SANTANA WINS METS DEBUT
Johan took the ball for Opening Day and earned the victory in his first start as a Met. He pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, allowing two runs while striking out eight in a 7-2 win over the Florida Marlins.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2008: SANTANA KEEPS METS IN PLAYOFF CONTENTION
With the Mets in the thick of the NL wild card race, Johan started a must-win game on just three days rest. He came through in a huge way, giving up just three hits and striking out nine en route to a complete-game, 2-0 shutout victory. The win capped off one of Santana's better statistical seasons, as he finished with a 16-7 record and a career-low 2.53 ERA. But he also pitched a career-high 234.1 innings, an ominous sign of things to come.
SEPT. 1, 2009: JOHAN'S SEASON CUT SHORT
Santana underwent surgery to remove bone chips in his left elbow. He finished the 2009 season with a 13-9 record, a 3.13 ERA and 206 strikeouts.
SEPT. 10, 2010: SANTANA'S SHOULDER WOES START
An MRI revealed that Santana had a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. He underwent surgery three days later, which forced him to miss the remainder of the 2010 season and spend the entire 2011 season rehabbing the injury.
APRIL 5, 2012: SANTANA PITCHES WELL IN RETURN
In his first game back from shoulder surgery, Johan went five innings with no runs allowed and two hits but received a no-decision as the Mets defeated the Braves, 1-0, on Opening Day.
JUNE 1, 2012: THE NO-HITTER
It took the Mets 8,019 games, but they finally got their first no-hitter courtesy of a gritty performance from Johan. The lefty walked five batters and struck out eight. The no-hitter came at a cost, though--Santana threw 134 pitches on his surgically-repaired shoulder, which would not bode well for him in the near future.
AUG. 22, 2012: BALKY BACK SHUTS JOHAN DOWN
The Mets shut down Santana after it was revealed that he had inflammation in one of his vertebrae. He finished 2012 with a 6-9 record and a 4.85 ERA in just 117 innings pitched
MARCH 27, 2013: ANOTHER SHOULDER ISSUE
After a spring training full of shoulder weakness, the Mets announced that Santana had a re-tear of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder--the same injury that forced him to miss all of 2011. The team said that surgery was a strong possibility, and that he would miss all of the 2013 season if he went under the knife.