Johan Santana has won 43 games for the New York Mets. Last night was the greatest of them. And one of the greatest wins in Mets history.
Throwing a career-high 135 pitches, Santana pitched 9 no-hit innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, surrendering 5 walks and striking out 8 Cardinals. He ended the game by Striking out 3B David Freese.
It finally happened. It took 50 years, 8,020 games, and two stadiums; but it finally happened! A no-hitter for the New York Mets. The 43-year old San Diego Padres remain as the only current MLB franchise lacking a no-hitter.
Santana now lives as a legend in the hearts of Mets fans and will one day be inducted into the same New York Mets Hall of Fame that John Franco will become a part of on Sunday. He has accomplished what Tom Seaver came close to doing 3 times, previously in 1975 when he took a no-hitter into the 9th for a third time. And he did it against the St. Louis Cardinals, who have the second highest team batting average in the major leagues. He threw a career-high 134 pitches to do it, after Manager Terry Collins told us he would be held to 110.
And one more thing: after these past two seasons of disappointments and injury, this one game almost completely confirms that Santana is back. The Mets Ace is back. Coming off of major shoulder surgery, Santana stepped up higher than ever and gave Mets fans one more gift in this so far exciting and winning season.
Christmas came early, folks. And we’ve been good little boys and girls for 50 years. Thank You Johan Santana.