Johan Santana, you cost us the 2007 NL East. But we'll welcome you to New York anyway. My flawed logic is based on the idea that had the Mets beaten Santana, rather than suffered a rather humiliating, 9-0 defeat last June 19, they would have won 89 games, instead of 88, and thus finished in a first-place tie. There are certain things I learned about Santana that put him back in my good graces, though. * He persevered : While things were super-rosy for the 2000 Mets, they were anything but for Santana. The first nine games in which Santana pitched, a year after being nabbed as a Rule V draft pick (and subsequently dealt to the Twins), he lost. On June 6, Santana earned his first major-league win, although I'll admit I considered striking that victory from your record when I learned it came against Jose Lima. In that first season, Santana pitched in 30 games. The Twins lost 28. Santana posted a 6.49 ERA. Apparently he got a lot better since then. * He throws harder than ol' w
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