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You don't mess with the Johan

Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets

Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets walks to the dugout against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. (June 26, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

By now, you know that Johan Santana tossed a shutout and hit a home run last night. But did you know...

- Last night was his seventh career complete-game shutout (first since Sept. 27, 2008).
- Santana is the second Mets pitcher, and first in nearly 30 years, to throw a complete-game shutout and hit a home run in the same game (Pete Falcone, Sept. 29, 1981).
- The three hits tie the lowest Santana has allowed in a complete game
- The last pitcher to hit a home run before Santana? Everybody's second-favorite injured pitcher John Maine on July 24, 2007.
- The Mets now have 12 shutouts this year, tied with San Diego for the most in the majors.

But to me, the most interesting thing was that Johan, batting left-handed, hit the home run off of a left-handed pitcher. We made so much last night out of Jose Reyes batting right-handed, and how he would fare against a same-handed pitcher. Something tells me if Santana can do it, Reyes should be just fine for a few games.


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