News: Johan is the Best Pitcher in the NL East

To listen to Santana’s Q&A with reporters, check out Brian Costa’s blog for the Star-Ledger.

Updated at 1:10 pm:

Johan Santana talked to reporters today, and said he feels great and he is confident in the team.

He said in not making any major acquisitions for the starting rotation shows the organization has confidence in the pitchers they have.

He believes the key for this years staff is to be ‘consistent.’

He was later asked, ‘Who is the best pitcher in the division,’ to which he replied, “Santana.”

He said he can once again straighten out his arm, he feels good, and he already has command of all of his pitches.

“There is no pain,” he said. “That’s a big plus for me.”

He says he has talked to Oliver Perez about ‘approach,’ adding, “He’s a guy who is always excited and happy and he didn’t have that last year. He’s mentally prepared for this year.”

He said he realizes there are a lot of people saying the Mets are not contendors, but, “We have confidence to win every time. We won’t be surprised if we win if we stay healthy. We have the right pieces to do it. If we’re consistent, we’ll have a chance to win.”

In regards to whether he can win a Cy Young award, he said, “My plan is to win the World Series… That’s what we have on our mind. If I win a Cy Young that’s fine. I’ll try to do my best.”

In the end, he explained:

“This is a game. You’ve got to go out there and perform. No question, the Phillies have been better than us. But, that makes us work harder. It’s gonna be fun, it’s gonna be interesting.”

Original Post at 12:30 pm

According to David Lennon, Kevin Burkhardt and Steve Popper, when Johan Santana was asked to name the best pitcher in the NL East, he said, “Johan Santana.”

…hi, Roy Halladay… deal with it…