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In his first game back from surgery Johan Santana had his way with the Braves.
The New York Mets don't really have an impressive group of pitchers, and on top of that they aren't particularly strong at the front of the rotation. Their ace is Johan Santana, a pitcher who hasn't pitched in a regular-season game in a year and a half due to a shoulder injury. They followed Santana with R.A. Dickey, a knuckleball pitcher.
In the first game against Santana, the Braves only put up two hits in five innings and didn't score a run. Considering his long layoff it is a bit of a surprise that he was able to handle the Braves with ease before reaching his pitch count. Plus it's not like this is the same Santana we saw with the Twins, as his fastball has lost something and his numbers with the Mets prior to the injury were a bit down from what he did in Minnesota.
Dickey went six innings, giving up five hits and allowing a pair of runs on a Martin Prado home run, while walking four. The walks aren't unexpected for a knuckleball pitcher, so it's tough to say that plate discipline led to the walks. He's not exactly an ace even though he has pitched well for the last two years, which is why this game alone would not be alarming if not included with the first game.
The Braves struggles would be understandable if they opened with the Phillies and had to go up against Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee to start the year, but the Mets duo isn't near that level. If the Braves want to compete for the NL East title they need to take better advantage of a team with a rotation like the Mets.