Johan Santana allowed no runs and three hits in four innings, looking very much in ready-for-the-season form.
Then John Maine entered the game and there went the Mets' feel-good afternoon.
Maine got the first two outs in a row but then never got the third one. When it was all done he was charged with five runs after giving up three hits -- all doubles -- and walking three.
Maine was surprisingly not that bothered by it, at least by his hard standards, saying the most important thing to him is that his shoulder and arm feel good. He said he never really felt comfortable on the mound in a relief appearance, which came about because Friday's rainout forced the Mets to shuffle their rotation.
The good news, Mets fans? There's still three weeks until Opening Day.
The bad news? Your team has put all their faith in Mike Pelfrey, Oliver Perez and Maine, so they're going to need big seasons from two and an average season from the other in order to compete. In that regard, today was not a good day for the Mets' hopes.