Johan Santana gets the nod for opening day

We now know who will be the Mets’ opening-day starter against the Florida Marlins.

It is, of course, our 137.5 million-dollar man, Johan Santana.

Manager Willie Randolph made the announcement today, announcing four-fifths of the Mets starting rotation. Pedro Martinez, Oliver Perez and John Maine round out the squad.

No word yet on the fifth starter.

Neither Orlando Hernandez (3 innings, 4 hits, 2 walks, 5 earned runs) nor Mike Pelfrey (4 1/3 innings, 13 hits, 8 earned runs) did much to earn that spot today. Randolph says both will see some action on Friday in an exhibition against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday.

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