NEW YORK -- Didn't expect Johan Santana to give up a pair of runs in the first, or for Mets to respond quickly with a run off Josh Johnson in their half of the inning. Wasn't this supposed to be a pitcher's duel -- Johnson vs. Santana The Sequel?
Looks like Jorge Cantu is locked in, as he followed last night's 2 HR game with a solo shot in the first. His ball landed in the first row of seats in left, just as his second homer did last night. But they all count the same.
The Mets brought the infield in after Cameron Maybin tripled with one out in the first, a clear indication that Jerry Manuel anticipates a low-scoring game.
Still no word, by the way, on when Hanley Ramirez will return to the lineup. It's not surprising he's back in the dugout today as his right hand remained swollen last night. His reponse to my question this morning -- Do you think you'll play tomorrow in Chicago? -- was "maybe." Not a lot to hang a hat on, in other words.