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For a long time, Johan Santana was perhaps the finest pitcher in baseball -- he led the majors in total ERA and strikeouts from 2004 to 2010 and was a threat to win the Cy Young Award every year. Injuries and age caught up with him, however, and he missed the entire 2013 season with a shoulder injury. Santana is attempting to make a comeback with the Orioles, signing a minor league deal with the team after the Mets bought out his contract in the offseason. Santana still could be a force if he's healthy -- he threw a no-hitter with the Mets in 2012 -- but relying on a pitcher to be 100 percent rarely works out well for anyone.

Will Johan Santana ever have an ace-quality season again?

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Johan Santana used to be a yearly contender for the Cy Young Award, but he's been shut down after allowing at least six runs in each of his past five starts. Is Santana done as one of baseball's best pitchers?

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Johan Santana changed 50 years of Mets misery, um, we mean history, by throwing a no-hitter against the world champion St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on Friday. Are you surprised it took this long? What's most impressive about Johan Santana's no-hitter? Vote and discuss below!

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Hope springs eternal for the New York Mets, as Jose Reyes has been cleared for baseball activities. That's a fancy way of saying that he's healthy. For now.

Having Reyes -- not to mention Carlos Beltran -- healthy is a big deal for New York. Despite early predictions of contending last season, Reyes' 36-game season, plus Beltran's half-season and David Wright's sudden loss of anything resembling power led the Mets to a disastrous fourth-place finish in the NL East. Coming at the tail end of a recent history of collapses and disappointments, 2009 was just another psychological blow to a relatively long-suffering Mets fan base. Maybe Reyes' return will change early predictions regarding the NL East race; the current favorite doesn't have the word "Mets" anywhere in its name.

openminded43

The Mets are handicapped with a right side of the infield that is basically non productive offensively!!! A lack of a #2 starter, a setup man in the BP and remaining healthy!!! Other than that.....!!! Hey, at least I'm honest!!!

-- openminded43
sludgeballa

Which Met has the best chance to win the comeback player of the year? Oliver? Reyes? Can Beltran do it? Or does Maine put it all together and stays healthy? My guess is Reyes, as he smacks 25 triples all over Citi Field.

-- sludgeballa
heyjacleu

Mets lineup going to rise and fall with Jose. We need him back good and healthy!

-- heyjacleu

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On the scale of epic disappointments, the modern-day Mets rank up there with jetpacks (with one possible exception), flying cars, Esperanto, and Ryan Leaf. The team is theoretically packed with talent, with dynamic players at third base, first base, shortstop, center field, ace, closer No. 1, and closer No. 2. Surround that core with even a few decent players, and you've got yourself a winning team.

Unfortunately for the Mets, average players seem to be a rarity in the vicinity of Citi Field. The injury bug has bitten the team, removing Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, and Carlos Beltran from the equation for long stretches of time. Their replacements -- such luminaries as Alex Cora, Daniel Murphy, and Fernando Martinez -- have not exactly covered themselves in glory during their tenures. The Mets have gone long stretches of the season without scoring runs, perhaps due to the fact that they have zero power. When your purported team MVP has exactly four home runs on the season, that's somewhat of a problem.

Aside from Johan Santana, the starting rotation has been a disaster. Tim Redding, Livan Hernandez, and Mike Pelfrey have all logged major innings for a team that purports to compete for the World Series. For all the money the Mets spent upgrading their pitching staff, the team is 11th in the National League in runs allowed.

There's a lot of blame to go around. The only question is, who will shoulder the most responsibility for the Mets' collapse(s)? Management is safe for now, but the end of the season could bring big changes.

vweaver69

Omar Minaya has assembled a roster chock full of older veterans and guys prone to injury. He has depleted and not refilled the minor league roster. He gave poor contracts to guys like Oliver Perez. He did not supply the minor leagues with adequate depth to deal with the inevitable injury, not to mention losing 1/3rd of the team to the DL. He made bad trades (Church, Bannister in particular). The injury bug only masks a much deeper problem. This is a poorly assembled roster with no depth. There is absolutely no question that Oman Minaya is to blame for assembling this pathetic mess of a team. Fire Minaya. That probably means that a new GM will want to hire his own guy, and I'm OK with that, too. Not quite sure about some of Manuel's moves this year anyway.

-- BirishB
giantdayne34

Minaya AND Manuel should be fired. Keep Santana, Wright and K Rod and clean out the older broken down players like Sheffield and Delgado and the prima donas like Reyes and Beltran. I love listening to NY radio and hear the Mets clowns acting like it was some major blockbuster to get Jeff Franceur. LOL. Francuer = Church, an average player at best.

-- GIANTDAYNE34
daeagles4

As for Jerry Manuel, I don't think the Mets have the team chemistry (which is hard to achieve when you have a lot of injuries to key players) which works with a managing style like Manuel's. He seems to have more of a laid-back approach, similar to Charlie Manuel, but the clubhouse lacks the type of J-Roll player that spices things up a bit but also can demand respect and inspire teammates to play better. It probably doesn't help to be playing in NY either, where the fans seem to demand success a lot more and voice their opinions when things do not go well (similar to how Eagles fans are in Philly). As for Minaya, he seems to be stuck in that NY Yankee mentality of throwing money at big name free agents with the hopes of buying his way to a championship.

-- DaEagles4
orbmega

This is preposterous and an outrage... This is remininscent of of Isiah Thomas destroying the Knicks. It's like they waiting to really finish depleting the farm system at the helm of this ID10T before they say enough. Please people don not support this team until a change is made at the top.

-- orbmega

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