New York Mets: Johan Santana Shuts Down the Fish in Season Opener

Michael ManiscalcoContributor IApril 5, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 05:  Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets pitches against the Florida Marlins during their Opening Day game at Citi Field on April 5, 2010 in the Flushing neighbourhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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After a memorable opening day where Jason Heyward blasted a home run in his first at bat, and President Barack Obama threw out the first pitch at National Park in Washington D.C, the Florida Marlins left a sour taste in their fan's mouth in route to a 7-1 loss over the division rival, New York Mets

The Florida Marlins came into opening day as the team under everyone's radar, but were still a threat to any team in the league. However, Mets ace Johan Santana was able to shut down the fish yet again allowing only five hits and one earned run.

David Wright started the game off with a bang after a two run shot out to right field, giving Mets fans hope that he is back to his old ways. The score remained 2-0, until the sixth inning where a Jorge Cantu double sent Chris Coghlan home to make it 2-1. 

Fredi Sanchez decided to take out Josh Johnson after allowing two runs in the sixth after a rather weak performance for his standards. Chad Hensley was placed on the mound, after losing his starting rotation spot to Nate Robertson, he did not do much here to prove he deserved the starting slot at all.

He allowed two hits and one earned run before being taken out with one out on the board. Dan Meyer came in and finished out the inning with zeros across the board. 

Santana was taken out after the sixth inning with a dominant performance over the Marlins yet again. The Mets went through the motions for the remainder of the game and pulled out a 7-1 victory. 

Cameron Maybin has left many Marlins fans disappointed after being sent down last season in order to develop his skills. Maybin starts off the 2010 season right where he left off struggling with three strikeouts.

Hopefully, Maybin just had some opening day jitters but he will need to get his act together in these upcoming months because Mike Stanton is waiting to be called up if need be.

The Marlins take on the Mets again on Wednesday at Citi Field, where Ricky Nolasco will make his season debut against John Maine. John Baker will make his first start of the season, hopefully he will put up better numbers than Ronnie Paulino did today as the fish look to get their first win of the 2010 season.