Taking the mound for the Mets will be the one sure thing in the Mets rotation, Johan Santana. Santana went 13-9 with a 3.13 ERA before having season-ending elbow surgery to remove bone chips. Santana has favorable numbers against the Marlin lineup he will be facing today, especially against the heart of their lineup featuring Hanley Ramierez (2-for-15, eight strikeouts), Jorge Cantu (6-for-25, six strikeouts, one home run), and Dan Uggla (1-for-17, 10 strikeouts, one home run). Santana had two solid outing against the Marlins last season - including a season-high 13 strikeouts in their first meeting - but the Mets lost both, with Santana picking up the loss in one. Even coming off surgery, Santana is a certain ace in a rotation of uncertainty.
Josh Johnson takes the ball for the Marlins. Johnson established himself as a legit ace last year after some injury plagued seasons. He went 15-5 with a 3.23 ERA and 191 strikeouts. He also dominated the Mets, going 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA, including a complete game effort where he outlasted Santana in early April. Jeff Francoeur has done well against Johnson, going 7-for-22 for a .318 average. Fernando Tatis' domination of Johnson (8-for-12, one home run) wasn’t enough to get him in the lineup. The reason being....I don't know. Johnson has had his way with David Wright, who has just three hits in 18 at-bats against the 26-year old righty.
Just like most Opening Day pitching match-ups, it’s a doozy.