Santana's strikeout rate is still low, for him, but his last start was his first game over a strikeout an inning since May, when the nosedive began. He's a good enough pitcher that he's still great striking out six per nine, but since every Met making more than the league minimum this season is living under the constant fear of tearing a rotator cuff opening a door or something Mets fans are justifiably concerned about it.
Joel Pineiro—well, I don't know anymore. No idea. Just keep doing what you're doing.