Today, I have every expectation to win this game as Johan Santana takes the mound against John Smoltz and the Braves. Opening Day was a nice start, but that was against the Marlins. This game today is different. This is the game I want Johan Santana to go out and win.
No doubt he will be facing a formidable lineup - probably, the best in the NL – but Santana needs to shut them down so the Mets can head back to NY with a winning record going in to their home opener against the Phils. With the exception of 2006, Atlanta has absolutely owned us over the last decade+ and yesterday’s defeat was no different. It was rather typical. But now, armed with our best pitcher in 20 years, the result needs to change. And that change should begin at 1:30 this afternoon.