Johan Santana will make the Mets better because he’s arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball. He’s an innings eater and a presence, something the Mets desperately needed.
If he gives them seven a night, that takes some of the pressure off the bullpen. Losing streaks have a chance to be cut short, a major job description of an ace.
Santana claims the Mets were a top choice, but if so this could have gotten done earlier and for a lot less. I take such boasts as posturing.
The Mets are better today than last week because of Santana, and he should make them the favorites in the NL East.
But, the Mets are a still a team with questions:
-Pedro Martinez and Orlando Hernandez have durability issues.
-John Maine and Oliver Perez are still finding their niche.
-Carlos Delgado is coming off a bad year.
-Moises Alou is a breakdown waiting to happen.
-We don’t know about Duaner Sanchez.
-There’s concern about the bullpen.
Santana makes the Mets better, but his presence raises an interesting question: How many World Series did the Yankees win with Randy Johnson? Exactly.
Negative? Perhaps. But, still the truth.