Santana Pitches First No-hitter In Mets History

June 1, 2012:  history was made.  Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in New York Mets history in their 8-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.  What made this feat especially impressive is that the Cardinals are arguably the best hitting team in baseball today.  Santana threw a career-high 134 pitches (77 for strikes), struck out eight batters and walked five.

The 134 pitches and five walks are not no-hitter records.  Edwin Jackson threw 149 pitches in his no-hitter for the Arizona Diamondbacks and walked eight (June 25, 2010).  A.J. Burnett walked nine batters and threw 129 pitches in his no-hitter for the Florida Marlins (May 12, 2001).

The no-hitter marked the second consecutive complete game shutout for Santana, who improved to 3-2 on the season with a 2.38 ERA.  In his previous start, Santana pitched a shutout against the San Diego Padres.  Like all no-hitters, Santana had help on the side.  His defense made spectacular plays when necessary; left fielder Mike Baxter robbed Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina of a hit in the seventh inning and injured himself in the process.  Santana was also fortunate not to have lost the no-hit bid in the sixth inning as Cardinals outfielder – and former Mets player – Carlos Beltran hit the foul line on the third base side.  Much of the ball was in foul territory; however, it was a fair ball for the imprint of the ball could be seen on the foul line chalk.

In his second consecutive shutout, Johan Santana threw a career-high 134 pitches in pitching the first no-hitter in New York Mets history.

Santana’s detractors will likely state that this no-hitter should be marked with an asterisk; however, it is not going to happen.  Get over it!  Missed calls DO happen in baseball.  Major League Baseball did not reverse any calls or place an asterisk on the game in which a blown call by the first base umpire cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game on June 2, 2010.

Those who own Santana in fantasy baseball leagues must be pleased with his efforts this season.  Santana last lost on April 17; since then, Santana is 3-0 in his last eight starts with a 2.06 ERA and two shutouts.  While Santana does not have the velocity he once had, he is clearly showing this season that he can still pitch at a high level.

Christopher Wenrich is the editor of the series of DuggerSports blogs and a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.  You can follow Wenrich on Twitter @DuggerSports.

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