Found March 02, 2013 on Metstradamus:
It's not every day that a major league team faces Stephen Strasburg on one day, and Justin Verlander the next. It's also not every day that a team matches their effort on both days. Though it is only spring training, the Mets starting pitchers did that. Today was more impressive than the previous day as Jon Niese matched zeroes with Verlander for three innings in a 6-2 Mets victory. Of course, he didn't match every zero as Verlander was perfect against the Mets and Niese gave up three hits, but Niese's 2013 exhibition debut was strong enough to allay the fears that you may have about Johan Santana perhaps not being ready for the opener (which is a fine way to avoid the awkwardness of having Santana start Opening Day on reputation when Niese's numbers last year earned him the start ... along with the trade of a certain knuckleballer.) But what I want to talk about today revolves around Thursday night's starter, Rafael Montero. Do you remember when the Mets...
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