Mets Notes: Santana, Duda, Hernandez

Here's a round-up of the morning's Mets news, as the team prepares for an afternoon matchup with Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals.

  • Johan Santana and the Mets denied a report by Steve Popper and Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record that suggested Santana's rehab wasn't progressing and the Mets were close to shutting him down. The left-hander, who turns 32 today, told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork, "We're right on the right track and where we're supposed to be. Whoever is saying that I'm not ready I think is lying."
  • While pitching coach Dan Warthen was also positive about Santana's progress, a July return is definitely no sure thing.'s Buster Olney (Insider-only) says the Mets consider the southpaw's rehab a long process, and aren't expecting a significant contribution from him this year. If Santana needs more time to recover, he won't be rushed back.
  • Olney's piece indicates there's some optimism about the Mets being competitive this season, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post isn't so sure. He runs through all the pieces that would have to fall into place for the Mets to become a contender.
  • Within Sherman's column, one scout says he has been pleasantly surprised by Lucas Duda this spring. As Rubin writes in an piece, Duda could be an important contributor for the Mets this season if Carlos Beltran's knees act up.
  • You can throw Luis Hernandez's name into the Mets' second base mix, writes Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

13 Responses to Mets Notes: Santana, Duda, Hernandez Leave a Reply

  1. MR1213 4 years ago

    LUCAS DUDA RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    i know health has been a factor for him, but are there any other examples of a pitcher of santana’s caliber going from the AL to the NL and immediately getting (and staying) worse across the board?

  3. MetsEventually 4 years ago

    Duda doin’ work. Once Beltran is really done, look out for Duda in RF. Don’t forget about Cory Vaughn and Darrell Cecillani!

    • Infield Fly 4 years ago

      Couldn’t you try to be more enthusiastic? Your ‘sour’ comments are really bumming me out here. 😀

  4. You guys know that Mets Tickets go on Sale Tomorrow? Whether or not this is true or not is obviously going to be denied as the brokepons are desperate

  5. Joel Sherman being pessimistic about the Mets? Color me shocked.

    I, as well as every other Mets fan know a lot has to go right for the Mets this year. We don’t need Sherman to remind us everyday.

  6. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    2008 was nowhere near his best season ever. nowhere near it. at least his 4th best season

    as soon as he went to the mets, his K/9 dropped significantly (and has lowered every season since), his walks increased, and his swinging strike % plummeted

    the moment he joined the mets he went from being a 7-8 WAR sub-3 FIP phenom to a 3.5-4 FIP marginal ace who hasn’t seen 5 WAR since – and hasn’t seen 4 WAR since 2008

    i’m not hating on santana, i just think it’s curious

  7. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    actually that’s not quite true. he had a sub-5 WAR season his last year with the twins. but it was largely a consequence of terrible HR/FB luck. his peripherals from that year still dropped the next year in NY

  8. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    WonderboyRooney10 has declined to comment further

  9. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    maybe mets fans have forgotten how unbelievably good he was before they traded for him

    – 14 pitchers last year had a better year than santana’s 2008

    – josh beckett’s 2008 “down year” was better than santana’s 2008 “best year”

    – joel pineiro’s 2009 was as good as santana’s 2008


    – during santana’s peak from 2004-2006, he accumulated 22.6 WAR – 7.5 per year

    – 0 pitchers posted 7.5 WAR last year. none

    – the next best starters over that time period – roy oswalt and randy johnson – barely eclipsed 18 WAR

    – over the past three years, roy halladay has the greatest total WAR at 21.5 – a full game less than santana during his prime

  10. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    when you outline it like that, I forgot how good he was too.

  11. Oh look, a Phillies fan.

    Congrats, bro. Here’s a cookie.

  12. inkstainedscribe 4 years ago

    “Rehab going well” means he may be back by the All-Star Break.

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