April 18, 2012 12:00 AM
" The start of the Mets' season has been one marked by smiles and nudges to a friend to make sure he's seeing what you're seeing.
Wins have come more often than losses, the bats have flashed power that was missing last season and the bullpen is capable of doing more than spoiling a good thing.
Best of all, Johan Santana has been on the mound and getting people out in a way that makes you think that he might just be able to pick up where he left off.
Those smiles were always guarded, though, and Santana provided a bit of a reminder on Tuesday night why you haven't heard many fans getting too far ahead of themselves in reaction to this pleasant start of the season.
He got just four outs before getting forced from the game, the shortest start of his major league career, and the Mets went down to a 9-3 loss in front of a Turner Field so empty that we're checking to make sure people are aware that Sherman burnt Atlanta during the Civil War and not last week "
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