Coleman: Santana Seems Set To Start On Opening Day

By Ed Coleman
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Port St. Lucie (WFAN) – Mets manager Terry Collins and Johan Santana have both had a firm resolve that Santana would indeed be the Opening Day starter for the team this year – and it appears that they were right. Santana threw a 3-inning bullpen in Port St. Lucie on Saturday morning. So, Johan, how did it go?

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This day was much different than his previous time out last Monday against the Cardinals. Santana threw 88 pitches – 55 strikes – but he was tired going in and also got tired during the course of the outing.

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Yes, he was, and now he’s looking at Opening Day just 5 days away.

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There may be a pitch count for Santana early on in the season. He still has to build up his endurance and stamina in order to navigate his way through what is a very long season.

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Santana and the Mets have been cautious about whether or not he will be out there on the CitiField mound this coming Thursday against the Braves. So will he?

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People wonder exactly how Santana accomplished this. No deviations from his routine. No days off for extra rest. Well, above all things, Santana is a fighter and a terrific competitor.

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Crazy or not, it was a very encouraging day for Santana and the Mets.

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