Game 114: Rockies @ Mets

2:30 p.m. Most important on-field takeaways from this game ...

1- Johan Santana went nine on a day in which the Mets were closerless. He earned his eighth career shutout and got the Mets a series win.

2- Carlos Beltran had some of his best swings since returning from the disabled list.

3- Late in the game, the Mets got back to playing the kind of aggressive baseball they played when they were winning. They got off to a nice quick start again as well.

Stat of the game, via Baseball-Reference: This was the 57th time in Mets history that their pitcher threw a shutout with 10+ strikeouts, but only the third since 2000. Pedro Martinez and Tom Glavine had the last two prior to Santana.

On to a series with Philadelphia that could best be described as sweep-or-weep.

2:18 p.m. Last Met with a 10+ K shutout was Tom Glavine against the Rockies in 2005. Knew there was a reason we asked that as our trivia question.

2:15 p.m. -- Johan Santana would enter the ninth inning with seven career shutouts, one this season.

Roy Halladay leads the majors with 3 shutouts. Gallardo, Jimenez, Pavano, Cain, Wainwright, with 2 apiece.

2:10 p.m. -- Johan Santana has 46 games with 10+ K since 2004. Next-most, Jake Peavy: 28. Big gap there.

2:05 p.m. -- You saw a first in the bottom of the seventh inning. It's not often that Johan Santana ends up on first base when a single is hit, but he did there, and he went first to third on a single for first time in his career.

2:00 p.m. Johan Santana goes hit-and-run. His first hit-and-run hit of year. Mets team leaders in hit-and run hits are Bay, Davis, Pagan, and Wright with 3, via Stats LLC.

Leads to a run as Reyes gets an RBI single.

Don't have full context on this one, but Stats LLC has Mets as 16-for-49 when putting ball in play on hit-and-run in 2010.

1:55 p.m. Josh Thole strikes out to open bottom 7th. Mets hitting just .218 since July 29, with an OPS of around .600. That's not getting it done.

1:49 p.m. -- This feels like Santana's got 120 pitches in him today. Been a stress-free outing so far. Maybe 2 hard-hit balls the whole game. Season-high for him is 123.

1:40 p.m. If Santana gets 10 K

It would be his 10th game with 10+ K as a Met, his second this season.

It would be the 49th 10+ K game of his career.

Santana would be the 7th pitcher in Mets history with 10 such games -- Only 50 behind Tom Seaver for the most for the franchise. But, one more than Jon Matlack and Pedro Martinez.

It would be the Mets third 10+ K game of the year. Johan would have two. Hisanori Takahashi has the other.

1:35 p.m. -- Changeup money for Santana. He's got 9 K through 6.

Our answer: The Met with most strikeouts in a game vs the Rockies -- Tom Glavine, with 11 during his 2-hit shutout against them in 2005.

Kudos @amazinavenue @matthewartus and @Metsguy234

1:29 p.m. -- Here's your "Did you know?" of the day? Ike Davis playing 100th game today, has 15 career HR. Since 1920, 61 players have hit 20+ HR in their first 100 games. Three did so, while playing part or all of those first 100 games as Mets -- Darryl Strawberry, David Wright, and Mike Jacobs.

1:22 p.m. Johan Santana with 7 K through 5 innings. Anyone out there know Mets record for K vs Rockies? This guy had 11.

Tweet @msimonespn if you know ...

1:13 p.m. Mets go scoreless in the fourth. Josh Thole gets a base hit on 0-2. He's 5-for-13 after count reaches 0-2 this season. That's a good sign. Mets fans, want him starting daily in 2011?

1:11 p.m.Jason Hammel had a 4.79 ERA in previous nine starts, but Mets have done little with him in innings two through four. The swings look a bit weak, as if they're not seeing the ball well.

1:05 p.m.

@akfiorentino asks "who's closing today?"

Think the answer to that may be Johan Santana, who has six strikeouts through four innings.

Brooksbaseball.net has Santana with 24 changeups through four innings. His season-high is 58, done two starts ago. He threw 35 in last start.

Other likely option feels like Pedro Feliciano, but I think it will be matchup-dictated.

1:00 p.m. -- We go top 4 with Johan Santana up 2-0. He's gotten seven swings-and-misses so far, keeping in line with pattern of his last two starts. Johan had trouble with this early in year.

Mets bats looked meek in last two innings vs Hammel, very reminiscent of Wednesday's game.

12:55 p.m. -- The bigness of the ballpark helped Santana get a deep flyout. He tends to play to ballpark well. 2-0 Mets after 2 1/2

We got our trivia answers. Top 3 BA vs Rockies by Met:

Robin Ventura, Bobby Bonilla, John Olerud

Kudos @andytworischuk @tweetthemets @cmatcovich and @Metsflu among others.

12:45 p.m. Best sign through two innings. Santana looks focused to go nine. For guy with so many first-inning struggles (20 runs) this year, first inning today very good.

12:40 p.m. Anyone wanna take a crack at our trivia question -- Name the top 3 Mets in career BA vs Rockies. All three played infield at some point in their Mets careers. Tweet @msimonespn with answers ...

12:38 p.m. -- Santana fastball peaking at 89-90 early. Gave up a "BABIP" hit to Ian Stewart, but up 2-0 through 2 innings. Trivia question coming...

12:32 p.m. -- Melvin Mora is now 1-for-his last 19 vs Johan Santana. Could've used that on Wednesday night.

12:26 p.m. -- Another good AB for Pagan. Beltran drives in a run with a sac fly. 2-0 Mets.

2nd sac fly of the season for Beltran. He only had one last season.

Jason Hammel's 2.25 ERA in first inning ERA entering the day damaged a bit. Ike Davis had a nice AB there ... hit one that may have been a HR at Shea. Game # 100 for Ike. We'll do trivia on that in a little bit.

12:19 p.m. -- Infield hit number 14 for Jose Reyes. Fangraphs.com says his best is 30 in 2005.

Mets now 51-for-59 stealing bases at home after Reyes steals second base.

12:16 p.m. -- 3rd time this year that Santana has had multiple strikeouts in first inning. First time this season that he's whiffed the side. Thinking "gotta go 9" today.

12:15 p.m. -- Changeup looks good early. Had a combined 10 K with it in previous two starts. Two strikeouts with it on two batters so far.

Ryota Igarashi en route to Citi Field, with Francisco Rodriguez placed on restricted list.

12:10 p.m. -- Changeup and slider have been really good for Santana this month. Interesting matchups vs him: Melvin Mora: 3-for-20; Miguel Olivo: 2-for-11. Baseball-Reference.com lists current Rockies as having 28 K and 1 BB vs Santana for their combined careers.

Noon -- Reports out of Atlanta are that Chipper Jones is done for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. That may prevent Mets fans from saying "goodbye" to him when Braves come in for last time.

11:50 a.m. Feels like a "Where Are They Now?" is in order for Luis Ayala -- He's a robust 1-9 with a 6.69 ERA, currently with the Albequerque Isotopes, the Dodgers Triple-A affilate.

11:42 a.m. A closer look at David Wright's 2-for-33

He's put 21 pitches in play, and swung-and-missed at 20. That 1:1 ratio is not good. His in-play/miss ratio in June/July was 1.7 to 1.

Both hits in this stretch have come on changeup. He's had 16 at-bats end via fastball, without getting a base hit. Wright was 42-for-100 in at-bats ending in fastballs in June/July.

Wednesday was the fourth time in his career that Wright struck out four times in a game. It was the first time he'd done so in a game started by a lefty.

11:05 a.m. -- OK folks, I'm filling in on the liveblog today. We'll try to make this analytical and interactive in nature, when possible (will try to break down Johan each inning).

If you want to tweet comments to @msimonespn, please feel free.

Planning to mix in a couple trivia questions too. Be advised that we're going to stick to on-field action. If any news breaks, we'll pass along the links.



Dexter Fowler, cf

Ryan Spilborghs, rf

Carlos Gonzalez, lf

Troy Tulowitzki, ss

Melvin Mora, 1b

Miguel Olivo, c

Ian Stewart, 3b

Clint Barmes, 2b

Jason Hammell, sp


Jose Reyes, ss

Fernando Martinez, rf

Angel Pagan lf

Ike Davis 1b

Carlos Beltran cf

Mike Hessman, 3b

Josh Thole c

Ruben Tejada 2b

Johan Santana SP