People handle success in different ways.
Some build on their success to become better, and others look at the success as their peak and go crashing down.
Fantasy owners of Johan Santana know that success may have been the worst thing to happen to a pitcher that was once a perennial Cy Young candidate.
On June 1, Santana threw a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals, and it seemed like the achievement had catapulted Santana back to his former self.
Santana went on to go 4-2 in June, but since then he has taken a turn for the worse.
Through the first three months, Santana earned an ERA under or close to 3.00. Since then, he has posted an ERA of 13.50 in July and has an ERA of 19.89 in August.
According to the Associated Press:
Santana is 0-5 with a 15.63 ERA in his past five starts, allowing at least six runs in each appearance. Since the no-hitter, he has lost seven of 10 decisions.
Now Santana is not going to help in the playoffs as the Mets play the Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins to end the season.
What Santana can do is help you get into the playoffs as the Mets play the Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies in the next three series.
Santana may have a limited role, but he will come cheap, and you have to first get into the playoffs before you can win them.