Mets vs. Dodgers Preview: Game #93 — Johan Santana vs. Aaron Harang

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 15: Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets pitches to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 15, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Today's game notes, courtesy of @Mets.

Teams: Mets vs. Dodgers
Date: Friday, July 20, 2012 • 7:10 p.m
Location: Citi Field • Flushing, NY.
Starters: RHP Aaron Harang (6-5, 3.53) vs. LHP Johan Santana (6-6, 3.59)
TV/Radio: SNY • WFAN • WQBU
Info: Game #93 • Home Game #47

Lineup

Ruben Tejada – SS
Daniel Murphy – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Ike Davis – 1B
Lucas Duda – RF
Jason Bay – LF
Andres Torres – CF
Josh Thole – C
Johan Santana – LHP

METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets snapped their six-game losing streak yesterday with a 9-5 win at Washington...New York is 3-7 in its last 10 contests.

AT HOME: The Mets are 26-20 at home this year...The 26 wins are tied for the sixth-most in the majors...New York is 8-7 in the first game of a series at home...Daniel Murphy ranks seventh in the National League with a .340 batting average at home.

WRIGHT AT HOME: David Wright has a 16-game home hitting streak dating back to June 4...The home hitting streak equals the longest of his career...Wright had a 16-game home hitting streak from May 19-June 24, 2007...Wright is batting .344 (22-64) during this current streak...He has reached base safely in his last 21 games at Citi Field.

HOME RUN RECORDS: David Wright hit two home runs yesterday at Washington...It was the 18th multi-home run game of his career, moving him into sole possession of second place on the club’s all-time list, ahead of Carlos Beltran and Mike Piazza...Darryl Strawberry is first with 22 multi-home run games...Wright’s first-inning home run was his 37th career in the first frame, the most in team history, one more than Strawberry...Wright’s last two-home run game came on September 16, 2011 at Atlanta.

THREE STRAIGHT AT-BATS: David Wright hit a home run in his last at-bat on Wednesday before belting a home run in each of his first two at-bats (a walk separated the two at-bats) on Thursday...It was the second time in Wright’s career, he’s hit a home run in three straight at-bats, last occurred May 19-20, 2007...The last Met to have a home run in three consecutive at-bats was Carlos Beltran from August 19-21, 2007.

LAST START: Took the loss in the Mets’ 6-1 defeat to the Atlanta Braves on July 15 at Turner Field...Pitched 5.0 innings and allowed six runs, earned, eight hits, and two walks...Struck out three...Santana allowed six runs three times this year, including his last start on July 6 vs. the Cubs at Citi Field, when he allowed a season-high seven runs.

RECENT STRUGGLES: Santana’s last two starts mark the first time in his career that he has allowed at least six earned runs and eight hits in consecutive starts...The last time Santana allowed at least six earned runs in consecutive starts was April 12, 2000 vs. the Red Sox at Fenway Park and April 22, 2000 vs. the Rangers at The Ballpark in Arlington...Those were Santana’s second and third starts of his rookie season as a Twin.

SINCE NO-HITTER: In seven starts since Santana hurled the first no-hitter in Mets’ history on June 1 vs. the Cardinals, the lefthander has gone 3-4 with a 5.67 ERA (25 earned runs/ 39.2 innings pitched) ...Over that span, Santana has surrendered nine home runs, more than twice the amount he allowed through his first 10 starts of the season.

DODGERS SUCCESS: Santana’s 0.50 ERA(two earned runs/35.2 innings pitched) is his second-best mark against any team, and lowest against teams he has made at least four starts against...Of teams he is undefeated against, the five wins vs. the Dodgers are the most against any team...In five career starts vs. the Dodgers, Santana is 5-0 with a .173 batting average against (20 hits/35.2 innings), his second-lowest mark to the Rockies’ .133 batting average against (10 hits/22.0 innings pitched).

NL WEST DOMINANCE: Santana is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA (3 earned runs/30.0 innings pitched) in four starts vs. the National League West in 2012...He has allowed 18 hits, six walks, and one home run, while striking out 20 in those starts...In three of those starts, he has not allowed a run, pitching 6.0 shutout innings vs. the Rockies at Coors Field on April 29, a complete-game shutout vs. the Padres at Citi Field on May 26, and 8.0 shutout innings vs. the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 30...Santana is 15-3 in his career against the NL West...The .833 winning percentage is his best against any division...In 28 games, 27 starts, vs, the NL West, he has a 1.68 ERA (36 earned runs/192.2 innings pitched), allowing a .206 batting average against (141 hits/192.2 innings pitched), and seven home runs.

HOME RUNS: Santana has allowed 13 home runs on the season, however seven have come in two games...He surrendered a season-high four home runs to the Yankees on June 8 at Yankee Stadium and three home runs on July 6 vs. the Cubs at Citi Field.

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