Punchless Mets spoil Santana's gem

Sleepy after late-night departure from San Juan, depleted lineup not so Amazin' in loss

Updated: July 2, 2010, 12:51 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

WASHINGTON -- A trio of New York Mets backups on the bench had successfully figured out earlier this season when Johan Santana was about to throw a changeup, based on the left-hander's glove widening as he gripped the pitch.

So pitching coach Dan Warthen enlisted the veterans' help again this week, after having the ace adjust where his glove is positioned at the start of his delivery.

With Santana having allowed four or more runs in four straight outings, Warthen had Santana's between-starts ...

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