Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest » Johan Santana

Where’s The Outrage Over This Performance Enhancing Drug?

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Do you really think baseball or any of our American sports are drug free? I am not talking about narcotics, steroids or even amphetamines. I am talking about legal, over-the-counter type of drugs that may be used a bit more than normal. Earlier this year, HBO’s Real Sports did a profile on the painkiller Toradol. ”You […]

Santana, Mets Can Dream For a Day

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

It’s pretty hard to ruin Opening Day. For at least 9 innings the fan base can hope and dream about all the best-case scenarios that were laid out throughout spring training. If they win, it’s even grander since it could be the one and only time the home team can say they are in first […]

Taking Small Pleasures in a Challenging Season

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

If you listen to the mainstream media, there appears to be no reason to watch the 2012 New York Mets. Some pundits (Michael Kay- ESPN) have the team winning 55 games. I would imagine that most publications will have them a lock for last place when they post their predictions later this month. Even the […]

Johan Santana’s Performance Allows Mets to Dream for a Day

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Valley Fever, strained rib cages, declining payroll and the Madoff clawback lawsuit have been much talked about topics around Port St. Lucie this spring; especially the last week. There will be plenty of time for gloom and doom this year, but yesterday Johan Santana gave the Mets and their fans a ray of hope in an otherwise […]

It May Sound all Great Now, but Johan Santana’s Mechanics Indicate Another Future Arm Injury

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

The good news out of Mets camp was the 72 or 73 pitch bullpen session by Johan Santana,  where the hurler reported no pain in his surgically repaired shoulder,  and even though he wasn’t asked about it, his formerly surgically repaired elbow, either. Santana was able to replicate a two-inning stint by throwing some pitches, sitting down for […]

Mets Pitching Depth Could Get Scary

Friday, February 24th, 2012

No one expects much from the Mets, but the reports of them being a 100-loss team are, in my opinion, greatly exaggerated. Vegas has their over/under at 74.5. I have also seen 70.5 as the number. I believe their offense and bullpen gives them a decent shot at about 75-77 wins, and that number doesn’t include Johan Santana in […]

Was Santana Already Injured When He Arrived?

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Johan Santana is scheduled to make about $25 million dollars each of the next two years. There’s also an option for 2014, which adds another $25 million if he reaches awards incentives and/or innings threshold. The combination of Santana’s health and the Mets reduced payroll make this a very punishing financial commitment. I think Ben Nicholson-Smith of […]

Who Would You Amnesty?

Friday, December 9th, 2011

I think we have done this exercise before, but in the spirit of the NBA being officially back, let’s do it again. The new CBA ratified by the owners and NBA players includes an amnesty clause. In short, teams can waive a player of their choice and stretch the payments out over twice the life […]

F-Mart, Not Carlos Gomez Was in Original Santana Deal

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

There have been many Mets connections in this postseason. J.J. Putz was closing ballgames for Arizona. Darren Oliver is coming out of the Rangers bullpen. During the NLCS we see K-Rod pitching the eighth inning and Carlos Gomez getting playing time in centerfield for Milwaukee. Gomez was a top Mets prospect when he was called up in 2007 after […]

Morning Digest: Michael Cuddyer Right Fit for the Yankees

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

We have discussed the Yankees need to decide on Nick Swisher‘s $10.25 million dollar option for next season. I already have gone on record saying it’s time to move away from Swisher and look for a replacement, preferably cheaper and of better value. Let Swisher build his brand and sell CDs on someone else’s dime. One […]