Mets Win 5th Straight, Santana Gets W…Pigs Still Unable To Fly

There is no denying that Jerry Manuel has changed the atmosphere around the Mets, the proof is on the field.

The Mets took their 5th straight and their 6th in the last 7 games with a 5-0 win over the Giants.  Perhaps most importantly, the Mets got Johan Santana a win.  The Mets had been 0-6 in Santana’s last 6 starts despite him having a sub 3 ERA in those games.

Santana says the team is feeling loose.

“You can see the whole clubhouse and in the dugout, everybody’s more comfortable.  Everybody’s loose, they’re having fun, and that’s what this whole game is about: having fun.”

“Not being afraid or intimidated to perform,” he said. “I think that’s the whole key, for the pitching staff and everybody. I think that was a big difference. … It seems to me like in the past there was a lot of tension about what was going to happen with this guy or the other guy.

“We were talking instead of concentrating on playing the game. It’s all about playing the game and that’s what he has brought to this team. Just be ourselves. Try to have fun and play the game.”

Santana was cruising along with 2 outs in the 5th when the skies opening up and a heavy downpour began.  He managed to get the third out to make the game official and didn’t return once play resumed after a 42 minute rain delay.

Santana finished the game with 3 hits, 3 walks, 5 Ks and just 78 pitches thrown.  He said he could have come back for another inning but Manuel decided to play it safe.  Santana will be available for relief on Sunday, if necessary, for the last game before the All Star Break.

As for the offense, Ramon Castro belted a 3 run HR in the 4th and Carlos Delgado continued his torrid hitting going 3-for-4 with 2 doubles.  Delgado is now batting .249.

The Mets are firing on all cylanders, the pitching staff has not surrendered a run thus far in the series and the offense has put up 7.7 runs per game in their last 7 games


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