The numbers don't lie:
-- 1-2 with a 6.16 ERA in his last three starts
-- 5-5 with a 3.55 ERA this season
Remember way back when Santana was pitching brilliantly but getting no run support? And then there were the questions about the velocity on his pitches. Now there's some evidence that his recent problems could be caused by the Mets ace tipping his pitches.
In a report today by Newsday's Dave Lennon, Lennon writes that Santana was apparently tipping his changeup to his former team, the Minnesota Twins, in last Saturday's game.
Since that start Santana has been working with pitching coach Dan Warthen on his delivery. The key, according to Lennon's story, is for Santana to keep his glove lower, or more hidden, at the start of his delivery. That was a method Santana used earlier this season during his 19-inning scoreless streak.
Should be interesting to see the "new" Santana tonight.