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Pitching Matchups For The First Ten Games

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With some help from mlb.com's depth charts and inquiry of fellow SB Nation writers, I compiled the projected starting pitching matchups for the first ten games of the Mets season.  I think the listed Mets rotation is fairly accurate, and it doesn't seem likely that Johan Santana will be held back a day to make the first start in Citi Field history.  Having home-grown Mike Pelfrey make the start is fine by me.  Here it is, subject to change obviously:

Date Mets Pitcher Opponent Pitcher Opponent
April 6 Johan Santana Aaron Harang Reds
April 8 Mike Pelfrey Edinson Volquez
April 9 Oliver Perez Bronson Arroyo
April 10 John Maine Anibal Sanchez Marlins
April 11 Livan Hernandez Andrew Miller
April 12 Johan Santana Ricky Nolasco
April 13 Mike Pelfrey Walter Silva Padres
April 15 Oliver Perez Kevin Correia
April 16 John Maine Shawn Hill
April 17 Livan Hernandez Dave Bush Brewers

The good news is that the Padres' Jake Peavy and Chris Young are projected to miss the Mets during their second starts.  The bad news is Harang, Volquez, and Nolasco are top-notch, but it's the first week of the season so facing pitchers of their caliber is to be expected.  The Harangatang has struggled in 20 career innings against the Mets, posting a 5.85 ERA.  Santana vs. Nolasco on the first Sunday of the season is a rematch of the Sept. 27, 2008 classic, which resulted in a 2-0 Mets win behind Santana's 3-hit shutout.  The rest of the names here aren't terribly frightening, although Hill has been effective when healthy, Sanchez threw a no-hitter in 2006, and Arroyo owned the Mets in 2008 (1.69 ERA, 4.33 K/BB in 16 IP).  Bush posted a 4.18 ERA in 2008, but that's deceptive because of an excessively low .245 BABIP.  Predictions for the Mets record after ten games?  I'll go with 7-3.