Johan Santana had a rough first inning, and the Mets were behind four runs before they knew what hit them. It didn’t help any that the Mets were held to only three hits on the afternoon by Carl Pavano.

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Initial Reaction:

The suddenly hot and well traveled Carl Pavano took the mound for the Twins this afternoon, and the Mets countered with their Ace, Johan Santana. Johan didn’t fit the billing today, as he was roughed up for five runs, four of which came before the Mets even took a hack. The Twins laid off of the changeup and hunted fastballs. The first inning was a disaster, and it looked as though they knew what was coming. I’m starting to believe that Johan may be doing something to tip his pitches.

The offense of the Mets was putrid today, as they were only able to muster three hits the entire game, two of which came from Jeff Francoeur.

The Positives:

Not applicable today. Only three hits on the offensive side, and a sub par effort from the ace today.

The Negatives:

The Ace: Johan wasn’t Johan today. His official line was six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out only four batters. His record for the season fell to an ugly 5-5.

Offensive Offense: The offense was downright offensive at Citi today. They had a runner in scoring position only once today. It was definitely a result of being down by four so quickly. Instead of chipping away, they pressed, and weren’t able to muster anything.

What’s Next?

The Mets look to win another series against an American League team. Their only series loss came to the Yankees last weekend.

First Pitch- 1:10pm PIX

NYM Jonathon Niese (4-2) 4.17 ERA vs.  MIN Scott Baker (6-6) 4.61 ERA