Stegall: Mets Offense Only Shows Up When Johan Santana Pitches

Steve SamsContributor IJuly 19, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 06:  Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds on July 6, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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It's rare that I have another column up so quickly, but I was watching the Mets take on the Giants yesterday on the MLB Extra Innings demo DirecTV is giving, and it got me thinking:  Does the offense have a grudge against every pitcher except Johan Santana?

It's rare that I sit down and watch another baseball game, even after my Sox lost yesterday (I thought Jon Lester was like baseball's Carl Malone, he always delivered when you needed him to hence the nickname the mailman.), but I watched the Mets and they seem like a different team when the former Cy Young takes the mound.

Even though the team is currently second in the N.L. East and in the Wild Card Hunt, the Mets have been, well, the same old Mets (to use the "Same Old Jets" expression that ticks me off): Not having enough, or choking towards the end of the season. 

Even with his struggles in the final weeks before the All-Star break, Santana has turned into the Mets version of the Mail Man; he always seems to deliver when the team needs him. 

The definition of a true ace.

But when Santana is not pitching, the team seems to struggle scoring runs and a lack of grinding out games in the late innings.

The Mets rotation right now features Santana, Mike Pelfrey, Jon Neise, and R.A. Dickey. Not the typical playoff pitching staff.

For Pelfrey, his season has been quite good with a 10-4 record and an ERA just south of four, which is potential All-Star numbers. 

However in his last few starts, Pelfrey has seems to have lost his timing on his release, which caused him to give up four runs against the Braves in his last outing. The Mets lost 4-0, a game in which Pelfrey had no run support and a stiff neck.

For Niese, like Pelfrey, it's been a solid season for the young left hander. Neise has put up a 6-2 record since his return from the disabled list with an ERA just south of four. Despite giving up only one run in his last outing, the team could not touch Giants starter Barry Zito as the team fell...yep, you guessed it, 1-0. 

A pure lack of offense.

On the R.A. Dickey front, he has the Mets organization wrapped around his finger, as he owns the team's lowest ERA, which is impressive for a knuckleballer. 

For the journey man Dickey, like the rest of the Mets rotation, he has been surprisingly average; posting a 6-3 record and an impressive 2.63 ERA. Not bad, but two of those three losses have come in his last two outings; in games where Dickey has only given up four runs over the span of two games. Once again, the offense continues to be almost non-existent in his latest outings.

Dickey's last outing: He lost the game 2-0.

The truth of the matter, it appears as if the Mets offense will only show up every fifth day and provide the bare minimum to Santana in order to get the win.

What did these guys ever do to you?