The Mets would love nothing more than to begin their eight-games-in-eight-days road trip with a win Thursday night in Florida. After going 3-3 on their recent homestand, the Mets will look to Johan Santana (3-2, 4.54 ERA) to start the road trip on the right foot.
They haven't won a series on the road since a visit to Miami last season.
The lefty ace rebounded from the worst start of his career against the Phillies (10 runs in 2 2/3 innings) with a solid showing against San Francisco -- despite not getting a decision. Santana is 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA against the Marlins in his career, his lowest ERA against any team he has registered at least five starts against.
Florida will counter will their own ace -- 26-year-old Josh Johnson. The righthander lost on Opening Day to the Mets, giving up four runs in five innings, with four walks. Johnson is 4-0 with a 2.14 ERA in five home starts vs. the Mets and 7-1 with a 2.69 ERA lifetime in 10 starts.