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No-hitter for Johan Santana!
June 1, 2012 6:56 PM   Subscribe

Mets pitcher Johan Santana has just thrown the first no-hitter in the fifty-year history of the New York Mets.
posted by Fister Roboto (49 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
That was a lot of fun.
posted by the1inBK at 6:58 PM on June 1, 2012


Amazin'!
posted by zarq at 6:59 PM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


On what, like 200 pitches? Good on the manager for leaving him in!
posted by joe lisboa at 6:59 PM on June 1, 2012


the1inBK: "That was a lot of fun."

After that foul ball bounced off the third base line in the sixth, I spent the rest of the game holding my breath.
posted by zarq at 7:00 PM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


FUCKIN' A!!
posted by jonmc at 7:01 PM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Joe, he threw 134 pitches and gave up 5 walks.
posted by zarq at 7:01 PM on June 1, 2012


I would have given my left testicle to have seen this in 1987 or so. Way to go, Johan!
posted by waitingtoderail at 7:03 PM on June 1, 2012


I also would have given your left testicle.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 7:04 PM on June 1, 2012 [5 favorites]


how is it a no hitter if he let up walks?
posted by PinkMoose at 7:04 PM on June 1, 2012


because nobody got a hit. a no-hitter with no walks or errors is a perfect game. different thing.
posted by jonmc at 7:06 PM on June 1, 2012 [5 favorites]


Joe, he threw 134 pitches and gave up 5 walks.

Cool, cool. I heard the Tigers play-by-play crew checking in periodically, and in the 8th they seemed kind of astonished that he was still in the game, NO-NO or no, though I totally get it and am happy for him and Mets fans everywhere.
posted by joe lisboa at 7:06 PM on June 1, 2012


I'm more amazed that the Mets are only 51 years old.
posted by 3.2.3 at 7:07 PM on June 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


Some facts: Tom Seaver took a no-hitter into the ninth inning three times as a Met. All three of them were broken up. Mets pitchers have thrown 35 one-hitters and had six no hitters pitched against them. The Cardinals had not been no-hit in 22 years, since Fernando Valenzuela threw one against them in 1990.
posted by zarq at 7:07 PM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


waitingtoderail: "I would have given my left testicle to have seen this in 1987 or so."

He gave up a lot of balls tonight. Your donation can be symbolic. :D
posted by zarq at 7:08 PM on June 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


Without the benefit of several pints of good beer, I might have had an unfortunate cardiac event tonight. So thanks, beer. And also thanks, Johan. And angry, bad-call ump.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:11 PM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sadly, I was running errands and then hanging here and missed it. But FUCKIN' A, LET'S GO METS, QUEENS POWER!
posted by jonmc at 7:12 PM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Man, we were at the game last Saturday when Santana started and threw a complete game shutout, and we felt awesome about it (also saw a grand slam). Imagine if we'd seen this.

My theory is that seeing as the Mets have FINALLY decided to go ahead and give Santana some early runs to work with, he's a lot more relaxed. Seriously, this guy gets zero run support from his teammates.
posted by gaspode at 7:14 PM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


!
posted by jquinby at 7:17 PM on June 1, 2012


He passed his previous career-high pitch count in the ninth inning. He also fell behind the last batter 3-0 and struck him out.
posted by kirkaracha at 7:20 PM on June 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


Whoo Padres! All alone in the no no-no column!
posted by LionIndex at 7:23 PM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


134 pitches. I thought that had to be a record for a no-hitter, but as it turns out Edwin Jackson threw 149 in his no-no 2 years ago.
posted by deadmessenger at 7:24 PM on June 1, 2012


Man, we were at the game last Saturday when Santana started and threw a complete game shutout, and we felt awesome about it (also saw a grand slam). Imagine if we'd seen this.

That's nothing. Back in '93 I had free reserved seating tickets to see Santana open for Crosby, Stills, and Nash and felt awesome about it (though it was probably the pot talking - the music was terrible).
posted by item at 7:31 PM on June 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


@ 3.3.3.: "I'm more amazed that the Mets are only 51 years old."

There used to be Giants playing baseball in New York, (and Dodgers in Brooklyn). In 1946, the DiMaggio brothers played center field: Joe for the Yankees, Vince for the Giants and Dom for the Boston Red Sox. Joe and Dom played their whole careers with those teams but apparently the Giants were always fickle. They only had Vince DiMaggio for one year. After the Giants moved to San Francisco, I guess the city felt empty with no National League team so the Mets were born.

I love baseball and a new record is always fun. Congratulations Johan Santana!
posted by Anitanola at 7:32 PM on June 1, 2012 [4 favorites]


Sorry for the RSAT (random, smart-ass trivia).
posted by Anitanola at 7:35 PM on June 1, 2012


Good on the manager for leaving him in!

Yeah, the tears I'm crying and the champagne I'm drinking right now say it was a good decision. There was some talk about his pitch count on the radio and TV broadcasts in the 6th, 7th and 8th — Johan's post-surgical recovery is still a work in progress this year, and he's supposed to be on a strict pitch count, they said max 110 before the game started — but if he never throws another pitch in his life this will have been worth it. Collins was out to the mound to check on him in the 8th, and he left again in a hurry after taking Johan's temperature. But in this situation you leave the guy in until his arm falls off, there's just no question about it.
posted by RogerB at 7:37 PM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, thank you, Mr. Santana. You can't catch every baseball game, and I will always remember that I missed this one. But it doesn't matter. The Mets have a no-hitter now.

I'll be sure to catch that first perfect game.
posted by oneironaut at 7:38 PM on June 1, 2012


Let's Go Mets!
posted by bodega at 7:38 PM on June 1, 2012


Nonohitters.com : We are now obsolete … finally!!!!
posted by caddis at 7:54 PM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Just like J.D. Drew hit the $14 million grand slam for the Red Sox in 2007, Johan Santana's feat should be called the "$137.5 million no hitter".
posted by reenum at 8:15 PM on June 1, 2012


Umps blew a major call...Beltran's ball was fair. Having said that, congrats to Santana and Mets fans.
posted by saul wright at 8:18 PM on June 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


As a Twins fan, I saw a Santana pitch on a Sunday, and then the next Saturday. This was obviously before he got traded and definitely was the nastiest pitcher in MLB. I think the strikeout total for both games was 30+. It was a jaw-dropping set of games.
posted by Ber at 8:22 PM on June 1, 2012


This was obviously before he got traded and definitely was the nastiest pitcher in MLB.

And what makes tonight especially impressive (even discounting that he did it against the best-hitting team in the league) is that Johan Santana just isn't that guy anymore. He missed all of last season after shoulder surgery and no one knew what to expect this year; the Mets were basically looking at every outing as an experiment, and every good outing as an unexpected bonus. Tonight his fastball barely cracked 90 and he couldn't get his slider anywhere near the strike zone. Honestly, he looked better his last time out, when he threw a three-hit complete-game shutout against San Diego. He accomplished what he did tonight with guile and brains (and luck, as a no-hitter always requires, and defense) and only two pitches working for him — not with the insane stuff he used to have in his Twins days.
posted by RogerB at 9:00 PM on June 1, 2012


Agreed, RogerB. In his last game he never once got to a 3-ball count. Crazy good.
posted by gaspode at 9:15 PM on June 1, 2012


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posted by mikelieman at 9:32 PM on June 1, 2012


I'm just going to leave this Oh, Wow! What happened to yesterday?
posted by mikelieman at 9:36 PM on June 1, 2012


Beltrans ball was fair. Probably, but if we start down that rabbit hole, first we have to give Armando Galarraga back the perfect game Jim Joyce stole from him with a bad call in the ninth, for which the umpire apologized! Unprecedented, and that's just first, this could be a very long conversation. Lots of people are saying they saw it hit the chalk but you don't get an instant replay on that.
posted by Anitanola at 9:51 PM on June 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


!
posted by drezdn at 9:58 PM on June 1, 2012


Anitanola: "Lots of people are saying they saw it hit the chalk but you don't get an instant replay on that."

The chalk of the foul line was disturbed. They kept showing it throughout the end of the game. No instant replay needed.
posted by zarq at 10:14 PM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm a lifelong Mets fan. After the last pitch, as the team celebrated Santana's achievement, I wept.
posted by Rarebit Fiend at 10:21 PM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


The NY Mets are my favorite squadron.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 3:14 AM on June 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm a lifelong Mets fan. After the last pitch, as the team celebrated Santana's achievement, I wept.

I'm a lifelong Phillies fan. After the last pitch, as the team celebrated Santana's achievement, I yelled "Mets suck" as loud as I could.

Far be it from me to rain on the parade of Mets fans, but that perfect game that still eludes the Mets? Philadelphia has two of them. And eleven no-hitters. Indeed last year, Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game and a no-hitter. In the same season.

If I was a Mets fan. I'd be weeping too.

Just sayin'
posted by three blind mice at 4:27 AM on June 2, 2012


That's the spirit!
posted by mintcake! at 5:51 AM on June 2, 2012


(Congratulations, Jon etc.)
posted by mintcake! at 5:51 AM on June 2, 2012


Wow. This is the first time I've really been sorry I left NYC; if I were still living there, I would have seen the game. Hell, I might have been there. As it is, living in the wilds of western Mass., all I get to see are Sox games. But it feels like a weight has been lifted off my chest. Thanks, Johan, from this diehard Mets fan.

(Anybody remember when Sid Fernandez, number 50, got removed from a no-hitter after five innings in 1987? Poor Sid couldn't catch a break, but he had a great theme song.)
posted by languagehat at 6:34 AM on June 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Just like J.D. Drew hit the $14 million grand slam for the Red Sox in 2007, Johan Santana's feat should be called the "$137.5 million no hitter".

Wait, what? Other than a season/a few other starts lost to a shoulder injury, Santana has been the best starter in New York since he signed in 2008. He averaged 29 starts, 200 innings and has an era below 3.00. Those aren't Barry Zito or J.D. Drew numbers.
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre at 8:38 AM on June 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


Wait, what? Other than a season/a few other starts lost to a shoulder injury, Santana has been the best starter in New York since he signed in 2008.

His main competition for that title has been Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, Jonathon Niese and Oliver Perez. Not exactly sterling company.

Johan's WAR since 2008 is 12.7, which is just below A.J. Burnett. He has not earned his contract.
posted by reenum at 4:05 PM on June 2, 2012


He has now.
posted by RogerB at 4:37 PM on June 2, 2012


Dickey is having a better overall season than Santana. He’s 8–1, and he had his own complete game shutout today.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 4:45 PM on June 2, 2012


> I'm a lifelong Phillies fan. After the last pitch, as the team celebrated Santana's achievement, I yelled "Mets suck" as loud as I could. Far be it from me to rain on the parade of Mets fans, but that perfect game that still eludes the Mets? Philadelphia has two of them. And eleven no-hitters. Indeed last year, Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game and a no-hitter. In the same season. If I was a Mets fan. I'd be weeping too. Just sayin'

As a Philadelphia resident and Phillies fan, I'd suggest that might want to see a Doc, you sound like you've been infected by Yankees fans.

Warm congrats to Santana and to Mets fans. A no-hitter is a brilliant thing to experience.
posted by desuetude at 9:20 PM on June 2, 2012 [5 favorites]


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