Johan Santana's(notes) 14 scoreless innings last week coaxed a lot of gamers off the ledge, but the New York ace took a step back at Houston on Friday night, laboring through a very mediocre 105 pitches (6.2 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 3 K). It's only the second time in his career he's allowed a dozen hits in a game, and fantasy owners have to be concerned about his diminishing strikeout numbers (a mere 34 whiffs over his last 10 starts). Slugging Mike Hampton(notes) dug in against Santana, ripping a homer and raising his average to .312. Let's have plenty of Santana theories (sore knee? pitch-tipping?) and opinions flowing in the comments, we'll get through this together.
• Not even the surging Philadelphia offense and cozy Citizens Bank Park could stop the Joel Pineiro(notes) express Friday night; Pineiro threw six innings of hellacious sinkers and watched the hosts beat down the grass (4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) en route to his ninth victory. It's not difficult to explain Pineiro's mad run thisRead More »from Closing Time: Johan Santana, the hittable ace