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It's almost eerie how he's exploded in the second halves of seasons to dominate and be a perennial Cy Young Award contender. Since joining the starting rotation full time in 2004, Santana has been a second half pitcher. The only blip on that result was last season when the Twins fell out of contention, made it clear that they were going to start dumping some salaries and the Santana trade rumors began in full force. If anything, Santana has been better than advertised because he's probably desperate to impress his new teammates, new league and live up to the contract he signed. Once he gets fully comfortable (and the Mets score some runs) the wins will be there.
As for the comments for which he received lukewarm criticism, for a pitcher who is coming from a mid-market team like the Twins and didn't have to deal with the constant media attention, I don't think Santana was aware that every word he says can be taken out of context and twisted into what the media wants to portray. If he's asked the same questions over and over again----Is it frustrating? Would you like to see the team score more runs? Do you feel responsible for the loss?----he's going to say something that could be construed incorrectly. The numbers and his performance are in line for what the Mets expected in every category but number of wins and there's little he can do about that unless he starts hitting like Babe Ruth. Once the second half comes around, the questions will disappear and the wins will be there because Santana's career history says so.
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