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In short, he was exactly the ace the Mets wanted and more. Since then however, Johan has spent parts of 3 seasons on the DL including likely missing the entire 2011 campaign. The Mets aren’t getting anything out of their expensive starter other than a lot of headaches, he’s not putting fans in the seats at Citi Field while he sits on the DL, and they’ve won nothing since he’s been there and are currently a below average major league team (no matter what their record says). So the question begs, who is a bigger bust, AJ Burnett of the Yankees or Johan Santana of the Mets?
...In his first year in the Bronx, AJ went 13-9 but he had an ERA over 4 and led the league in both walks and wild pitches. (NOTE: the “league” refers to the AL. You know, the AL with that guy Tim Wakefield in it. The same Tim Wakefield whose team had to trade for a player it had already traded away a couple of months before because he was the only guy who could catch him.)
...Without a doubt, the Burnett signing has been a disaster. The fans can’t stand him. His stuff is electric and he is capable of dominating which, honestly, makes it even more frustrating. His problems are not physical in the sense that he can’t stay healthy. He’s got a consistently mid-90’s fastball and a slider that Russell Martin and Fransico Cervelli clearly have trouble catching, he just cant get his act together. He misses spots and walks batters and then comes out 5 days later and does the exact same thing. Maybe if he spent less time at the tattoo parlor and more in the bullpen he’d win every once in a while (yeah, that’s a cheap shot but c’mon, did you see him last night?).
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