Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Since becoming a Met in 2008, Johan Santana has been the team’s Opening Day starting pitcher when he’s been healthy enough to do so.  Despite missing the last month of the 2010 season and all of the 2011 season, Santana was given the ball on Opening Day 2012, albeit with a strict pitch count.  Santana pitched five scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves, helping the Mets to a 1-0 Opening Day victory. But after a strong start, capped by his historic no-hitter against the Cardinals, Santana struggled mightily.  After pitching his gem on June 1, Santana made ten starts.  In those ten starts, the southpaw had an 8.27 ERA and 1.76 WHIP, with opponents hitting .327 against him.  Compare that to his first 11 starts, which culminated with the no-hitter.  In those games, Santana was superb (2.38 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .200 batting average against). R.A. Dickey, on the other hand, was consistently good all year, and at times was absolutely phenomenal. The Mets’ resident knuckleballer and first-...
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