Johan Santana won for the first time since Sept. 2, 2010, as the Mets defeated the Diamondbacks, 4-3, on Saturday at Citi Field. The Mets bullpen held onto a late lead one day after blowing a two-run advantage in the eighth. The Mets improved to 14-13 on the season and snapped their four-game losing streak.
Sunday's news reports:
* The Post's Kevin Kernan recounted a conversation he had with Santana a year ago in which Santana vowed to comeback. When Kernan reminisced with Santana on Saturday, Kernan gave everyone a little "told The Post" action.
After the win, a victory that snapped a four-game Mets losing streak, in a quiet corner of the clubhouse, Santana was reminded of that day a year ago.
He smiled and told the Post, “That’s amazing. I’ve come a long way. That’s what makes this day really special. We have worked a lot.’’
* You thought you were the President of the Santana fan club, not so says Star-Ledger baseball columnist Jeff Bradley. The man leading the charge for Santana is Chris Young.
Last Monday, Young threw 75 pitches in a simulated game and came away amazed.
“It’s 100 times better now than it was at the start of last season,” he said. “I knew something was wrong, but I was just trying to make it to the mound and through games. But as the games progressed, it got worse and worse. Right now, I’m pitching pain-free. There’s no discomfort. I’m not thinking about it. I’m not trying to get loose in between innings. I’m not putting heat on it in between innings or getting it massaged.
“That’s what I was doing last year. Right now, it feels as close to normal as it’s felt in a long time.”
While saying he’s trying not to look more than five days ahead right now, Young believes if the progress continues, he could be back on the mound in four weeks. He knows with the season-ending injury to Mike Pelfrey, the Mets need him. And he feels he owes them.
Young is aiming for late this month or early next to be back from his latest surgery to his shoulder.
Also from Bradley's column, this good nugget as we look ahead to Monday and Roy Halladay in Philly.
On the positive side, David Wright is hitting .352 with seven homers and 18 RBI in his past 23 games at Citizens Bank Park, getting at least one hit in 20 of those games. However, he’s just 3 for 21 (.143) with 11 strikeouts and one walk against Roy Halladay.
Nobody hits Halladay, though, right? Wrong. Josh Thole is 7 for 16 with a double against the Phillies ace. Thole is also 6 for 17 against Kyle Kendrick.
* Generation K is still paying dividends. Anthony McCarron offers up this quote from Terry Collins on the new and improved Bobby Parnell.
“He’s just absolutely come on to be outstanding,” Collins aid. “I think last year’s experience really helped him a lot, his time with Jason Isringhausen helped him. He realized he doesn’t have to throw 100 (mph), even though he can, that it’s about making pitches and that’s what he’s been doing.”
* Jose Who? In his always strong Sunday column, The Post's Mike Vaccaro gives a thumbs up to Ruben Tejeda.
I thoroughly enjoy watching Ruben Tejada play baseball.
If you are only looking for Mets' stuff, that's all he said. But, I'm sure a lot of you concur with that thought.
TRIVIA: Who was a member of the 2001 Mets, who called then manager Bobby Valentine a "joke"? The player was subsequently sent down, but was later recalled by then GM Steve Phillips, further demonstrating the strained relationship between Phillips and Valentine.
Saturday's Answer: Besides David Wright, Adam Jones is the only other major leaguer to have two double-digit hit streaks this season.