Mike Pelfrey embraces ace's place

Righty gets ready for Opening Day nod, Mets' No. 1 spot in Santana's absence

Updated: February 22, 2011, 7:23 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- After Roy Halladay had joined the Philadelphia Phillies, Johan Santana was playfully asked last spring training who now held the title as the National League East's top ace.

"In our division?" the New York Mets left-hander rhetorically asked. "Santana."

Well, fast-forward to this spring training and Santana is recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. And Halladay is coming off a 21-win season and is welcoming Cliff Lee ...

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