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Santana Returns!

Posted By Howard Megdal On March 6, 2012 @ 3:53 pm In Today's Mets headlines | Comments Disabled

The raw stats: 29 pitches, 17 strikes. He threw a pair of changeups, a pair of sliders, the rest fastballs. He was consistently up in the zone.
And it’s fine.
The important thing here is that Johan Santana took the mound, threw a number of pitches at 87-90 miles per hour, and walked off feeling fine.
The only things that matter are whether he can do it again in five days, and the five days after that, and so on. In a few starts, that command needs to improve, too.
But one step at a time. A pitcher far superior to any other employed by the Mets pitched today. That day in September 2008, when Johan Santana thrilled a sellout crowd in a building that no longer exists on behalf of a team bankrolled by an undiscovered Ponzi scheme may feel like forever ago.
But the chances that Santana does something similar for the new Mets in a new building just got a little better.

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