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Saturday reading: The Mets' opener, A.J. Burnett and other stuff around MLB

Off the Mets' opener, I wrote about, well, their entire situation, I guess.

Of course there's no reason to draw any conclusions about last night's game. Josh Johnson is one of the game's best pitchers, and to the Mets' credit, once they broke up the no-hitter in the seventh inning, they got a little something going and even made Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez work for a living.

Really, the story of the night was that Johnson was considerably better than Mike Pelfrey. Which we knew before the first pitch was thrown.

Alas, not everyone in and around the Mets' organization is as patient and intelligent as Sandy Alderson, who sat in the Mets' dugout prior to the game as if he didn't have a worry in the world. He doesn't, relatively speaking. 

The Wilpons and Saul Katz? They need cash, and a fast start would help revive the (reportedly, but extremely believable) dreadful ticket sales so far. They can't afford patience and perspective.

--Carlos Beltran checked in with an encouraging first night as a rightfielder. He seemed fine, comfortable and mobile defensively. He also looked good in his final two plate appearances, ripping an RBI double off Josh Johnson and drilling a flyout to the centerfield warning track. 

--A.J. Burnett will make his 2011 Yankees debut today. You can pretty much set your watch to the fact that Burnett will have an awful month or so - or two - at some point this season. The key is for him to balance that out with a stupendous month, or two.

--Other notable openers...

--Daniel Bard melted down as the Red Sox lost in Texas, and Boston starter Jon Lester didn't pitch well, either. That Rangers lineup is impressive.

--Now, see if Felix Hernandez had received this sort of run support all of last year, then there wouldn't have been any debate concerning his worthiness as a Cy Young Award candidate.

--The Blue Jays pummeled old pal Carl Pavano.

--Not an opener, but Don Mattingly's Dodgers are now 2-0 and the defending World Series champion Giants 0-2. Matt Kemp's baserunning contribution is significant, given how much Kemp frustrated Joe Torre and Larry Bowa these last few years with his lack of baseball instincts. Let's see if he can maintain this improvement.

--Have a great day.



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