Here’s how great the Mets starting pitching has been during their recent run: Johan Santana is the weak link. The team has won five of six and Santana, their highest paid pitcher, has that loss.
Santana will start Tuesday against the Indians. He had a 1.42 earned run average in his last six starts before facing the Padres last Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader. But he allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings. He had entered the game with 15 scoreless innings.
Santana (4-3, 2.96 ERA) is not a sure thing against last place Cleveland dating back to his years with the Twins. He has started 16 games at Progressive Field and is 4-4 with a 3.74 ERA.