Mike Pelfrey to start on Opening Day

Updated: January 20, 2011, 4:27 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

With Johan Santana expected to miss the first half of the season, New York Mets manager Terry Collins named Mike Pelfrey his Opening Day starter on Wednesday, during a charity event at Citi Field.

"He deserves it," Collins said after speaking with fifth and sixth graders from Sunnyside Community Services of Queens in the home clubhouse. "He earned it. He should have made the All-Star team last year. Right now, I think Mike Pelfrey should be the No. 1 guy on this staff."

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