Johan Santana Brilliant in Shutout, New York Mets Creep to 2nd Place in NL East

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 26, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 26:  Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets tips his cap after his complete game shutout against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on May 26, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The magic continues this season for the New York Mets.

The Mets have watched Johan Santana pitch great all season long, but Santana has had issue with run support and had only one win to show for his efforts just past the quarter mark of the 2012 season.

Santana made sure that there would be no variables—such as a lack of run support or a blown lead by the bullpen—that would cost him the game against the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

Santana pitched a masterful four-hit shutout while striking out seven and not issuing a walk. The four hits were all singles.

The shutout was his first since August 12, 2010, and his first since coming back from his 2010 shoulder surgery.

It was his 14th career complete game and ninth shutout of his career.

"Any time you pitch a complete game, it's a good feeling. It's not easy to do," Santana said after the game.

Santana is pivotal to the Mets' success as the season progresses. If New York wants to remain competitive for the NL East crown, he will have to step up and stay healthy.

The southpaw is clearly on track in 2012 and feels healthy. 

With the win, the Mets remarkably find themselves in second place in the NL East, sitting 2.5 games behind the surprising Washington Nationals

The Mets finish up their series with the Padres on Sunday before welcoming the last place Philadelphia Phillies to Citi Field for a three-game set beginning Monday, May 28.