Daily Mets Poll: Game 1 Starter

The Mets are positioned for a serious playoff run – they are 1.5 games behind the division leading Braves and a half game ahead of the Reds in the wildcard standings. Rumors continue to swirl about the team’s interest in Cliff Lee (among others), but doubts persist about Johan Santana’s health and effectiveness.

Meanwhile, Mike Pelfrey is establishing himself as one of the top young pitchers in the National League.

So… assuming you could have Santana, Pelfrey, or any of the rumored trade targets to start the first game of a playoff series, who would it be?

For the purposes of this poll, don’t worry about the prospects or money required to obtain an outside pitcher. Just tell us who you are most confident in as a Game 1 starter.

Who Do You Want to Start Game 1?

  • Cliff Lee (59%, 104 Votes)
  • Johan Santana (19%, 34 Votes)
  • Mike Pelfrey (19%, 34 Votes)
  • Other (Specify in the Comments Section) (2%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 175

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  1. Micalpalyn June 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm
    i voted twice: On second thoughts I kinda like the idea of Roy Oswalt.
  2. Kevin June 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm
    @micapalyn – you like Oswalt better than Cliff Lee?
  3. Kevin June 30, 2010 at 3:56 pm
    by the way, Joe, metsblog just regurgitated your story about Orosco and Backman’s kids playing on the same minor league team, two days later. http://www.metsblog.com/2010/06/30/note-wally-backman-jr-and-jesse-orosco-jr-in-az/
  4. Nick June 30, 2010 at 4:20 pm
    I thought the poll was kind of a no brainer, but apparently half of the Mets Today readership boycotted the 2009 playoffs. Given the team involved that actually makes perfect sense.

    Seems like what you might really be trying to get at is: If the Mets DON’T make a move, would you start Pelfrey over Santana in the playoffs?

    I certainly think Big Pelf is and will continue to be a better pitcher this year, but in my opinion the nod needs to go to Santana. He’s still our ace, he’s got the experience and we’re going to need his leadership.