Memo to Johan Santana:
This is why the Mets got you.
You’ve been pitching well, but just as the Yankees needed A-Rod to get a hit with the bases loaded last night, the Mets need you to win and go as deep as you can.
You don’t want to come to town in first and leave 1.5 back.
You know the bullpen sucks (sucks would be an upgrade at this point) and you know the starting pitcing is you and a not-quite-rookie and some wishful thinking.
These are the games that help determine if you become “Ray Knight” or “Bobby Bonilla” in franchise lore.