Big smiles down in Arlington, VA……..
Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana tossed a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 8-0 victory.
Santana kept the Cardinals lineup off-balance all night striking out 8 while walking 5.
The Mets have been one of the pleasant surprises in 2012, they’ve compiled at 29-23 record good for 3rd in the NL East and sit only 1 game behind the division leading Nationals. Santana has been a bright spot, He’s been as rock solid in 2012 improving to 3-2 with a 2.38 era.
– 1st in Mets franchise history (8,020 games-51 seasons).
– 3rd of the 2012 season (Phil Humber, Jered Weaver).
– 275th in Major League Baseball history.
– 7 former Mets have tossed no-hitters.
– The Mets have recorded 35 1-hitters.
– Santana is 1st pitcher since Dave Righetti (1983) to throw a shutout then a no-hitter in consecutive starts.
– The San Diego Padres are the only active team that hasn’t recorded a no-hitter.
….Congrats to Matt Sherman an avid life long Mets fan who finally was able to see his beloved Mets complete no-hitter!!!
I have had my doubts as to whether I’ll ever see a Mets’ championship again, and I pretty much had come to the conclusion I would NEVER see a Met toss a no-hitter. So I’m in a little bit of shock that it actually happened.
Mets fans know the names well: Seaver, Gooden, Cone, Ryan (times 7) just to name a few who threw no-hitters after they had left the Mets. Philip Humber even joined that list with his perfect game earlier this season. So if you told me Johan Santana would throw a no-hitter, I’d probably ask, “Who is he signing with after his contract with the Mets is up?”
I thought that perhaps the Mets would someday have a no-hitter through nine innings in a tie game, and lose the no-no in extras. Or maybe they would get a no-hitter in a five-inning rain-shortened game. For some reason I never factored an umpire into the equation when it comes to any controversy — not sure why I didn’t, since the umps have been front and center in recent years with the idea of expanding replays. When Carlos Beltran’s liner past third base pretty clearly hit the chalk and third base umpire Adrian Johnson called it foul, I have to admit it tarnished the feat for me just a little. But hey, the Mets went 8,020 games without a no-hitter, so can you expect the first one to go off without a hitch?
So now the San Diego Padres, who are in their 44th year of existence, can proudly be the sole member of the no no-no club. And that’s fine by me!