Santana shuts out Padres, 9-0

Mets pitcher Johan Santana delivers in the second

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Mets pitcher Johan Santana delivers in the second inning against the San Diego Padres. (May 26, 2012) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

It all starts with Johan Santana. The credibility that the Mets have developed this year, and that is a lot more than they were expected to have, begins with their No. 1 starting pitcher. Of course, Santana is more than just a No. 1. He is a true ace.

There is a distinction. An ace is someone who gives a team personality and confidence. An ace is someone who affects everyone else. An ace is...

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