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Johan Santana impresses

Mar 21, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

Johan Santana AP

Good news all around for the Mets this week. The Madoff suit settled, Terry Collins hasn’t blown a gasket at anyone and now Johan Santana has turned in a nice start against the defending World Series champs.

Santana held the Cardinals to one run in six innings and struck out six, didn’t walk anyone, and used just 68 pitches in six innings against a regular season-worthy Cardinals’ lineup. His velocity was off, but hell, results are results, no matter how crazy we all want to fixate on velocity. he had not been striking out a lot of guys so far this spring, so his K total today was a good sign.

There were some noises last week that Santana may pitch on Opening Day. Even if he doesn’t, the fact that he’s going six innings and pitching effectively now, when just a few weeks ago there was every reason to think he would start the season on the DL, is pretty great news.


  1. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    I dislike that you refrained from adding “so far” to the end of the first sentence. It’s only Wednesday, Craig, I know you’re not a Mets fan but you should know they like to build you up and then break you down.

    • El Bravo - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      It’s the Mets, “so far” needs to be at the end of every positive basebally sentence…

      • - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:57 PM

        And if you’re not going to use “so far” after the sentence. You need to use “it’s early, but” before the sentence. If none of those work “small sample size” should be used.

  2. randygnyc - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Shhhhhh. Listen for it……… (shoe dropping)

  3. spudchukar - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    But he was outpitched by Jake Westbrook. Granted it was the Mets far from prodigious line-up, but still Westbrook is having an outstanding Spring…So Far.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    The return of “El Gocho!”

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