Monday, April 2, 2012
Santana, who on Sunday was officially named the team's opening day starter, will make his first start in nearly 18 months on Thursday when he takes the mound against the Braves. As Martino points out, Santana will be on a limited pitch count, having not gone farther than 88 pitches this spring. This will force efficiency on Johan's part if he is going to go deep into games.
Martino also reports that the Mets will have Miguel Batista prepared to go multiple innings on the days of Santana's starts in order to take some pressure off of the Mets now questionable bullpen.