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Opening Day: 10 Predictions for Johan Santana's First Start
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Santana will take the mound on Thursday as the Mets host the Braves.

"Finally!  Baseball has come back...to Citi Field!"

Forgive the WWE reference, but I'm still excited after The Rock's epic comeback on Sunday night during WrestleMania XXVIII.

Thursday marks a similar comeback of another fan-favorite as Johan Santana returns to the mound to face the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day.

Mets fans have been waiting for some good news for far too long, and the sight of Santana toeing the Citi Field rubber once again should provide a welcome respite from the doldrums of another brutal offseason.

So what can we expect from Santana in his first start since September 2, 2010? There's really no way of knowing, but let's have some fun and make a few predictions.

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