John Buck said on SNY's Mets Hot Stove on Thursday that he believes Johan Santana was tipping his pitches last season.
"Being on the other side ' whether it's Johan tipping his pitches or whatever ' those little tiny things will help," said Buck. "I was just on the other side hitting off of him. Maybe we can tighten some of those things up." For what it's worth, Santana had a 2.84 ERA in two starts against the Marlins last season while Buck was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. It's certainly possible that he was tipping his pitches, but it didn't help that he dealt with fatigue in his first season back from shoulder surgery. Offseason reports have been overwhelmingly positive, but Santana is a big question mark entering 2013.