Today's show opened with Mike pontificating about how big a start tonight is for Johan Santana. How we have seen many athletes struggle with New York when they first got here. But now “it’s time” for a big Johan Start. Francesa said "You are going to hand the ball tonight to the guy that you think is going to take you to the postseason. So you can forget everything else that happened before tonight. Time now for Santana to step up front and center. The time is now. This is why you brought him here.”
While I don’t disagree with these sentiments, I have one question (okay maybe a series of questions): What if he pitches a bad game? Do we forfeit the season? Do we trade him to the Bronx? Do we place him on waivers? Do we option him to Triple-A New Orleans?
I mean this whole idea that the Met season hinges on a huge performance out of Santana tonight is somewhat laugh-able. I mean, personally, I am down on Santana. I don’t quite think he stinks, but I am down on him. He’s definitely in a tough spot though tonight. He hasn’t given us many rocking-chair games. He hasn't done a terrible job, but he has been spotty at times. But this idea that the Mets pack up their bags and head back to Port St. Lucie if Santana pitches a dud tonight is a bit much for me to take.
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