Johan Santana: Already in Mid-Season Form With Mets

Kyle ZimmermanCorrespondent IApril 1, 2008

"I'll be glad to take 35 more of those," said Ryan Church, speaking on the performance of Johan Santana Monday, as the Mets defeated the Marlins 7-2.

Santana took the mound Monday for the first time in a Mets uniform and appeared to be as advertised.

Three hits and eight strikeouts through seven innings.

With every pitch that Santana threw, the memories of last year dwindled away and were replaced with hope and excitement for 2008.

Many speculated that Santana wouldn't be able to handle the pressure of New York and the constant demand for non-stop greatness.

But when Santana was asked whether he was nervous, he just smiled, as if he couldn't tell the difference between the Mets and the Metrodome.

"That's just the way I am," he said. "I wasn't trying to do anything different, anything crazy. Just being myself."

Himself he appeared to be. Throwing a seven inning, three hitter, the 25th of his career.

Johan Santana's Record as a Met: 1- 0