Yes, the Mets got hammered on Monday night, losing 18-6 to the San Diego Padres. But Mike Pelfrey's stellar outing on Tuesday night evened the series against the Padres at 1-1.

(Yes, it's time to start talking seriously about Pelfrey making the NL All-Star team. In fact, he probably clinched a spot after last night's win).

Why was Tuesday night's game so significant? Well, the Mets send ace Johan Santana to the mound this afternoon (6:35 EST first pitch). With Santana on the mound, the Mets have a chance to take two of three from the best team in the National League (at least in terms of record).

Santana is 1-1 with a nice 1.29 ERA in PETCO Park.

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And with a win today, the Mets will have won their road series of the season. And it was Newsday's Ken Davidoff who said it last week: if the Mets can somehow figure out a way to win road games, then they can seriously pursue another starter like Roy Oswalt and Cliff Lee.

Perhaps a win today will be the start of something good away from Citi Field?