June 2: Cardinals (27-25) @ Mets (29-23)
The day after.
Johan Santana’s no-hitter is still not a day old, though New York has already maximized the celebration. There is little concern here that a bad call by third-base umpire Adrian Johnson will taint the achievement. And while plenty of you — yes, I’ve heard from you — were outraged by the umpiring mistake, truth is that it really was a minimal point of discussion in the Cardinals’ clubhouse afterward.
That was something lauded by manager Mike Matheny today, as he applauded his players for not trying to take away from Santana’s big night. They didn’t view it as preserving their fate on the wrong side of history.
That said, the call was game-changing. And not just in the history sense. To everyone on the Cardinals’ side, the missed call cost the Cards what, at the time, would have been a critical baserunner. It would have put a runner in scoring position and would have assured that Santana would have been out of the game likely no later than by the end of the seventh.
Ah, good ol’ what-ifs.
Because Cardinals.com and MLB.com were inundated with coverage last night, let me provide specific links here so that you can find what you want to read. All of MLB.com’s Santana coverage can also be found on this landing page.
- The Cardinals, who were no-hit for the eighth time in franchise history, tipped their cap to Santana on a night when their own pitchers were knocked around.
- Additional analysis of Johnson’s errant call, with comments from both teams and Johnson.
- David Freese spoiled history last fall. On Friday, he sealed it.
- Mets manager Terry Collins planned to limit Santana to 115 pitches on Friday. He ended up nervously watching his ace throw 134.
- Mets outfielder Mike Baxter preserved history for his hometown team.
- And if you want to read the gamestory from the Mets side, here is that piece.
Also, since the no-hitter coverage took over the website, here is a link to yesterday’s pregame notebook. In it you’ll find more details about Jaime Garcia’s status, Skip Schumaker’s injury, Sam Freeman’s call-up, Allen Craig’s return, Carlos Beltran’s night in center and Jon Jay’s latest delay.
And now, onto today…
- Rafael Furcal (SS)
- Daniel Descalso (2B)
- Matt Holliday (LF)
- Carlos Beltran (RF)
- David Freese (3B)
- Yadier Molina (C)
- Matt Adams (1B)
- Shane Robinson (CF)
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis (LF)
- Andres Torres (CF)
- David Wright (3B)
- Lucas Duda (RF)
- Daniel Murphy (2B)
- Ike Davis (1B)
- Omar Quintanilla (SS)
- Josh Thole (C)
- R.A. Dickey (RHP)
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