Pedro seeks sixth win in opener

Pedro, Mets take show on road to Florida

The Mets travel to South Florida for a brief three-game road trip against the Marlins starting on Friday.

The Mets are coming off a 4-2 homestand in which they won the Subway Series against the Yankees and then beat the Phillies in two consecutive games before losing Thursday's afternoon finale, 5-3.

Pedro Martinez takes the mound and tries to pick up his first win since beginning the season 5-0. In his last four starts, Martinez has pitched well, but he's received a no-decision in each of them, most notably his last start in which the Yankees rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win in extra innings, 5-4.

Last year, against the Marlins, Martinez went 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA with 28 strikeouts in four starts. He is 4-1 with a 1.38 ERA with 41 strikeouts in seven games, five starts at Dolphins Stadium.

The Marlins are coming off a three-game sweep against the Cubs in which they scored 23 runs.

Josh Johnson, 22, makes his sixth Major League start and hopes to improve on his 2-0 record as a starter.

Pitching matchup
NYM: Pedro Martinez (5-0, 2.82 ERA)
Miguel Cabrera is the only Marlin of note who has faced Martinez, but Cabrera only has one hit in seven at-bats against him.

FLA: Josh Johnson (3-2, 2.62 ERA)
Johnson has pitched 22 2/3 innings as a starter this year and has allowed seven runs, five earned, and 17 hits with 18 strikeouts and eight walks.

Player to watch
Paul Lo Duca extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his single in the first inning against the Phillies on Thursday. He is hitting .304 (14-for-46) during that span.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WFAN 660 AM, WADO 1280 AM (Español)

Up next
• Saturday: Mets (LHP Tom Glavine, 7-2, 2.35) at Marlins (LHP Dontrelle Willis, 1-4, 5.12), 1:10 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Mets (RHP Orlando Hernandez, 2-4, 6.11) at Marlins (RHP Ricky Nolasco, 3-1, 2.89), 1:05 p.m. ET
• Monday: Diamondbacks (RHP Miguel Batista, 4-2, 4.60) at Mets (RHP Steve Trachsel, 2-4, 4.99), 7:10 p.m. ET

Bryan Hoch is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.