Johan Santana frothing at the mouth in excitement after his no-hitter / USPRESSWIRE

Here are 10 facts about The Mets and Johan Santana following his no-hitter for the Mets.

1. The Mets had a whopping 26 compete-game 1-hitters prior to Santana’s no-hitter:

2. The Mets previously had 8 other combined 1-hitters:

3. There have been 6 complete-game no-hitters thrown against the Mets:

There have been no combined no-hitters against the Mets.

4. Santana had allowed just 1 hit in a start three times previously:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 2012-06-01 NYM STL W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 5 8 0 134 77 90
2 2007-04-08 MIN CHW W 3-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 1 0 0 3 9 0 97 63 81
3 2004-09-03 MIN KCR W 2-0 GS-7 ,W 7.0 1 0 0 1 11 0 106 71 85
4 2004-07-17 MIN KCR W 4-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 1 1 0 4 9 0 115 70 83
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However, none of these were complete games.

5. Santana’s previous low for hits in a complete game was 3, done 3 times:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 2012-06-01 NYM STL W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 5 8 0 134 77 90
2 2010-07-06 NYM CIN W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 3 5 0 113 78 83
3 2008-09-27 NYM FLA W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 3 9 0 117 74 87
4 2008-08-17 NYM PIT W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 0 7 0 113 85 88
5 2005-08-12 MIN OAK W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 1 9 0 110 80 89
6 2004-07-06 MIN KCR W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 2 13 0 114 81 92
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I wonder what the record is among guys who’ve thrown a no-hitter for highest number of hits allowed in their next-lowest complete game? Santana’s got to be up there.

6. Santana’s no-hitter ranks as the 3rd-highest Game Score of his career:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 2007-08-19 MIN TEX W 1-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 2 0 0 0 17 0 112 83 95
2 2004-07-06 MIN KCR W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 2 13 0 114 81 92
3 2012-06-01 NYM STL W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 5 8 0 134 77 90
4 2006-09-05 MIN TBD W 8-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 2 0 0 1 12 0 95 70 89
5 2005-08-12 MIN OAK W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 1 9 0 110 80 89
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His higher Game Scores came in games with a lot of strikeouts, understandably.

7. Last night’s no-hitter had the most pitches Santana’s ever thrown in a game:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 2012-06-01 NYM STL W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 5 8 0 134 77 90
2 2008-09-23 NYM CHC W 6-2 GS-8 ,W 8.0 7 2 2 2 10 0 125 86 68
3 2010-06-02 NYM SDP L 1-5 GS-7 7.0 5 0 0 5 3 0 123 74 65
4 2008-08-22 NYM HOU W 3-0 GS-7 ,W 7.0 8 0 0 1 5 0 121 86 65
5 2009-05-27 NYM WSN W 7-4 GS-6 ,W 6.0 3 3 3 6 11 1 120 73 59
6 2006-04-21 MIN CHW L 1-7 GS-7 ,L 7.0 5 2 2 3 6 1 120 81 62
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In his recap JA wrote extensively about this, so I won’t belabor it. I will say, though, that I fear serious repercussions for Santana over this. It wouldn’t be the first time a guy with a surgically-repaired arm threw a ton of pitches in a big game and then had arm trouble in the weeks following.

8. Santana’s game ranks in a tie for the 43rd-highest Game Score for a Mets starting pitcher. Here are the leaders:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR GSc
1 Rob Gardner 1965-10-02 (2) NYM PHI T 0-0 GS-15 15.0 5 0 0 2 7 0 112
2 Tom Seaver 1974-05-01 NYM LAD L 1-2 GS-12 12.0 3 1 1 2 16 1 106
3 David Cone 1991-10-06 NYM PHI W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 1 19 0 99
4 Tom Seaver 1971-08-11 NYM SDP L 0-1 GS-10 10.0 3 0 0 2 14 0 98
5 Tom Seaver 1970-05-15 NYM PHI W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 3 15 0 97
6 Jerry Koosman 1969-05-28 NYM SDP W 1-0 GS-10 10.0 4 0 0 2 15 0 97
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I’d never even heard of Rob Gardner. He ranks up there thanks to pitching 15 innings while allowing only 5 hits and no runs…in a tie game!

9. Of the 125 complete-game no-hitters thrown in the last 50 years, Santana’s ranks way down the list (78th) in terms of WPA. This is because the Mets scored 2 runs in the 4th inning, giving them a distinct advantage in winning. By the time they went up 5-0, the outs Santana recorded weren’t worth much more WPA. Here are the top such no-hitters, with Francisco Liriano’s from last year ranking #1 overall:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP SO WPA RE24 aLI
1 Francisco Liriano 2011-05-03 MIN CHW W 1-0 9.0 2 0.846 4.651 1.657
2 Jim Maloney 1965-08-19 (1) CIN CHC W 1-0 10.0 12 0.841 4.563 2.025
3 Roy Halladay 2010-05-29 PHI FLA W 1-0 9.0 11 0.838 4.520 1.224
4 Edwin Jackson 2010-06-25 ARI TBR W 1-0 9.0 6 0.815 4.248 1.778
5 Mike Witt 1984-09-30 CAL TEX W 1-0 9.0 10 0.812 4.581 1.181
6 Jose Jimenez 1999-06-25 STL ARI W 1-0 9.0 8 0.799 5.044 1.231
7 Ken Holtzman 1971-06-03 CHC CIN W 1-0 9.0 6 0.753 3.709 1.440
8 Dennis Eckersley 1977-05-30 CLE CAL W 1-0 9.0 12 0.737 4.379 1.147
9 Kevin Millwood 2003-04-27 PHI SFG W 1-0 9.0 10 0.733 4.329 1.153
10 Nolan Ryan 1975-06-01 CAL BAL W 1-0 9.0 9 0.701 3.966 1.384
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It should come as no surprise that these were all 1-0 games.

10. Finally, of his 134 pitches, only 77 of them were strikes. That’s a surprisingly low ratio of just 57% strikes. Going back to 1988, there have been only 10 CG no-hitters with a strike rate of 58% or lower:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 Johan Santana 2012-06-01 NYM STL W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 5 8 0 134 77 90
2 Francisco Liriano 2011-05-03 MIN CHW W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 6 2 0 123 66 83
3 Edwin Jackson 2010-06-25 ARI TBR W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 8 6 0 149 79 85
4 Ubaldo Jimenez 2010-04-17 COL ATL W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 6 7 0 128 72 88
5 A.J. Burnett 2001-05-12 FLA SDP W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 9 7 0 129 65 85
6 Dwight Gooden 1996-05-14 NYY SEA W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 6 5 0 134 74 86
7 Al Leiter 1996-05-11 FLA COL W 11-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 2 6 0 103 58 91
8 Scott Erickson 1994-04-27 MIN MIL W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 4 5 0 128 71 88
9 Jim Abbott 1993-09-04 NYY CLE W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 5 3 0 119 66 85
10 Matt Young 1992-04-12 (1) BOS CLE L 1-2 CG 8 ,L 8.0 0 2 2 7 6 0 120 63 73
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Meanwhile there have been 48 other no-hitters in that time period with a higher strike rate.

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