The Mets go into the 2010 season with plenty of question marks regarding a number of different things. One certainty however, is their ace Johan Santana who delivered four solid innings against the Marlins today in his second start of the grapefruit season.
Many of us, including myself, have been anxiously awaiting for that one quintessential moment this spring when Santana would show everyone that he was truly back from his elbow surgery.
His first spring start wasn’t exactly the thumbs-up performance we were all looking for, but today, Johan Santana gave us the all-clear sign when he pumped his fist after picking off the runner at second base to end his four sharp innings of work.
The Marlins gave Santana little trouble as he held them to four innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits and striking out four. This performance followed up a superb outing by his fellow southpaw, Oliver Perez, who threw four hitless innings on Saturday against the Tigers.
Despite the solid stint by santana, the Mets fell to the Marlins 5-1 thanks to an ineffective John Maine who looked terrible as he surrendered five runs in only two-thirds of an inning. Maine blamed the performance on not being used to coming into a game in relief.
How does that saying go… two out of three ain’t bad.