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MLB Opening Day: Will Johan Santana bounce back in 2012?


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana hasn't started an MLB game since 2010, but he helped his team defeat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 on opening day. Photo by: Paul Hadsall / Flickr

When the New York Mets announced pitcher Johan Santana would be their opening day starter this season, I was a bit surprised.

My reaction wasn’t because Santana doesn’t have the talent to be the lackluster Mets’ ace, but because of his injury issues. I had to ask myself, ‘Would he be ready?’ Santana certainly proved that he was more than prepared, throwing five innings of scoreless ball against the Atlanta Braves in a 1-0 victory for New York on Thursday afternoon.

So how much confidence can baseball fans have in Santana now? After all, he faced a mediocre Braves offense in his first start. But even I — and avid Braves fan — have to tip my hat to Santana. Although Atlanta’s offense is a huge weakness within the squad, the former two-time Cy Young award gave up just two hits while striking out five in his first start since the lefty suffered a tear in the anterior capsule of his left shoulder repaired on Sept. 14, 2010.

Talk about a comeback start. So how long should we expect Santana to keep this sort of dominance up? It’s hard to say, considering this was New York’s first game of the season, but if can resemble the pitcher he once was — like he did in the Mets’ win over Atlanta — we should expect a lot from Santana this season. (more…)

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