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New York Mets 2009 Rundown: Johan Santana

Andrew WhartonCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2009

2008 Season Stats
34 GS, 16-7, 2.53 ERA, 234.1 IP, 206 SO, 1.15 WHIP, .232/.286/.362 vs. Hitters

Of course, Johan Santana was a strong candidate for the Cy Young Award in 2008, but his lack of wins (thanks to the bullpen) hurt him and put him behind guys like Peavy, Webb, and Lincecum. However, he lead the NL in both ERA and IP, and nobody was better than he was in the last month or so as he went 4-0 with an ERA of 1.64 and 8.74 K/9.

Santana also had to deal with issues that nobody else in that category had to (besides Sabathia, but his lack of NL starts somewhat disqualified him), and that was adjust to a completely new group of hitters. Being new to the National League, Santana was very unfamiliar with the hitters he had to face each start, but we saw that as the season went on he became very accustomed to their tendencies and thus was brilliant after the All-Star break.
In 2009, look for him to have a better idea of how to attack and expose hitters in the NL East, and look for him to find ways to keep the ball in the park a little more often than in 2008.

Prediction:
34 GS, 21-7, 2.35 ERA, 240.0 IP, 215 SO, 1.12 WHIP, .225/.270/.365 vs. Hitters
*Cy Young Award Winner

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