In a not-so-Santana-like debut for the New York Mets new ace on Friday, Johan Santana was greeted with cheers from his new fans, as well as a hard-hitting St. Louis Cardinals lineup.
Santana threw 30 pitches -- 22 for strikes -- giving up three runs and four hits over two innings: a Chris Duncan single, an Albert Pujols double, a Brendan Ryan triple and a Juan Gonzalez bomb.
But he feels really good.
“I’m very happy to be able to perform today. The numbers will say something different, but I feel really good,” he said.Third baseman David Wright was just as excited to see Santana in action as Mets fans were, saying that the two-time Cy Young award winner didn't need to get a bunch of Spring Training hitters out to show him what he's made of.
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