Every 5th day there is a man that the Mets can follow to victory. His name is Johan Santana.
Santana has earned his paycheck the second half of the season and proved it again last night with a masterful duel against Roy Oswalt. Santana shutout the Astros through 7 innings. He wasn't masterful in some innings, but that's what makes Santana so great. Even when he gets into jams or doesn't have his best stuff, he knows how to get hitters out.
Santana is the piece that was missing last year. Remember the last game of the 2007 season and how Tom Glavine vomitted all over the 1st inning and couldn't even get 3 outs? Now think about what would have happened if Santana was pitching that last, key game? Yeah, the outcome would have been drastically different.
The Mets have themselves the marquee, lockdown pitcher they've desperately needed. Now I'm sure Santana will lose a game or two between now and the end of the season, but I'm confident he'll deliver just when the team needs him most.