What, you were thinking maybe Dillon Gee?
Johan Santana is the best pitcher on the Mets, even in a close to healthy season, but his health concerns are the stuff of legend around the Mets universe. The Mets have three days off in the first fifteen days of the season and, by my calculations, won’t need a 5th starter until April 24th, the opening game of a series against the Marlins at Citi Field.
I think it would behoove the Mets to leave Johan in extended Spring Training to keep working on his arm strength and any unforeseen obstacles on his path to recovery. I know it might seem attractive to start Johan immediately against the division to open the season, but with so much riding on his left arm, is it the smartest move? Why subject Johan to the coldest weather of the season as early as six weeks from now, when his long term health would benefit from waiting just three more weeks?
There are plenty of people expecting nothing out of Johan, and any contributions would be icing on ...