Santana appears to be heading toward more tough luck
It’s hard to believe Johan Santana arrived at Turner Field this afternoon with a whole lot of confidence. His Mets teammates, who have scored two runs or fewer in four of their past six games, will draw the challenge of solving Tim Hudson, who has allowed one earned run or less in nine of his past 14 starts and six of his past eight.
Oh yeah, Santana will be also be staring at the Tomahawk-chested club that has frustrated him throughout his career. In 11 career starts against the Braves, his teammates have never tallied more than two runs while he’s still been in the game. This should better explain why he’s gone 2-6 with a 2.31 ERA in these outings.
And to add to Santana’s woes, he’ll once again be facing an Atlanta lineup that includes Matt Diaz. After striking out in his final two at-bats of an Aug. 2 matchup, Diaz enters tonight’s game with a .533 career batting average against the former Cy Young Award winner.
The Braves will be looking to complete their first four-game sweep against the Mets since May 22, 2008. In case you were wondering, Hudson provided eight solid innings that evening and beat Santana, who was charged with three earned runs.
Before allowing four earned runs during his Aug. 2 matchup against Hudson, Santana had never allowed more than three earned runs against the Braves. In fact, he’s allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his 11 career outings against them.
Hudson hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his four previous starts against the Mets. The lone earned run he’s allowed them in 13 innings this year came of an RBI double produced by Carlos Beltran.
I haven’t seen the Mets lineup yet. But I’m going to guess that Beltran will be playing. He has hit .381 (24-for-63) with four homers in his career against Hudson.