For Openers, Nearly Perfect

What more could you have asked for in a season opener? The Mets won, beating the hated Braves, no less, and most of their pre-season questions were answered, albeit for one game.

johanFirst of all, Johan Santana (left) was brilliant. He struggled a bit towards the end there, but he made it through five innings and appeared healthy, which is all we can ask of him at this point.

Tim Byrdak bucked the Mets trend of being out far longer with injury than expected, bouncing back from knee surgery to not only start the season on the roster, but to get two crucial outs to help preserve a tenuous 1-0 lead.

And the three new bullpen arms — Ramon Ramirez, Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco  — all erased Spring Training doubts by throwing effective innings.

You’d only wished the hitters could have scrounged up more than just one run, but the ball was just not carrying at Citi Field, which is not uncommon in early April.

Except for Andres Torres’s injury, we could have have asked for a better Opening Day. Now let’s keep it going!


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