Johnson has received very little support all season heading into his final start of 2012 on Monday night in Miami.
New York (73-86) is completing its fourth straight fourth-place finish in the NL East while Miami (67-92) is capping its third consecutive losing campaign and worst since the 1999 Marlins went 64-98.
These clubs split their first eight meetings before the Mets took the last seven by outscoring the Marlins 33-13. Three of those victories were by 20-game winner R.A. Dickey, who is set to pitch Tuesday.
New York doesn't have a great history against Johnson (8-14, 3.81 ERA), but has won all three games against him this year. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 2.18 ERA in those outings, receiving five total runs of support from one of the majors' worst offenses.
Johnson's 2.92 run support average is baseball's lowest mark.
The Marlins haven't scored in Johnson's last two outings. He fell to 1-7 with a 3.72 ERA over his last nine after yielding three runs over six innings Wednesday in a 3-0 defeat at Atlanta.
The veteran doesn't want to use the Marlins' makeshift lineups down the stretch as an excuse for his inability to win.
"That's part of it," he told the Marlins' official website. "You've got to do whatever you can to get outs, and get wins."
Miami has scored more than three runs just once in a 1-9 stretch, losing 4-1 at home to Philadelphia on Sunday.
The Mets are closing stronger as winners of seven of 10. They have dropped six of nine on the road since sweeping three games in Miami from Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
New York will give rookie right-hander Jeurys Familia (0-0, 8.64) his first major league start.
Familia went 9-9 with a 4.73 ERA at Triple-A Buffalo this year in 28 starts. He hasn't fared well in seven relief appearances since his big-league debut Sept. 4, and the Mets are eager to see what he can do as a starter before he goes to his native Dominican Republic for winter ball.
"I want to see him start," manager Terry Collins told the Mets' official website. "I really like what I've seen out of the bullpen. I just think to cross all the t's and dot the i's, I need to see him start."
|New York Mets|
|September 25, 2012||Robert Carson||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left triceps|
|September 12, 2012||Ronny Cedeno||Day-to-Day||Left game - tight right hamstring|
|September 07, 2012||Andres Torres||Day-to-Day||Left knee bruise|
|August 18, 2012||Johan Santana||15-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|August 15, 2012||Rob Johnson||60-Day DL||Torn ligament, left thumb|
|August 02, 2012||Tim Byrdak||60-Day DL||Sore left shoulder|
|September 21, 2012||Justin Ruggiano||Day-to-Day||Sprained right shoulder|
|September 18, 2012||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|September 14, 2012||Carlos Lee||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained neck|
|September 04, 2012||Heath Bell||Day-to-Day||Sore left foot|
|August 22, 2012||Emilio Bonifacio||60-Day DL||Sprained right knee|
|August 13, 2012||Nick Green||15-Day DL||Sprained left thumb|
MIAMI (AP) -- Giancarlo Stanton went deep yet again, Rob Brantly got a big hit and the Miami Marlins managed not to waste nine walks against the Mets
Stanton hit his 37th homer, and Brantly hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth inning to help the Miami Marlins beat New York 3-2 Monday night.
"Very exciting, very well played. We pitched well, we got a couple hits when we needed. We got big hits today. We don't have to pitch a shutout to win games," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It's nice to see the guys go out there and perform and don't rely on Stanton to do the damage."
Heath Bell (4-5) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 19 chances. Cishek issued a two-out walk to Fred Lewis before Ike Davis grounded out to end the game, giving the Marlins their second win in 11 games.
In the bottom of the eighth, Ramon Ramirez (3-4) allowed a lead-off walk to Carlos Lee and then allowed Lee to reach second on a wild pitch. Brantly followed with a double down the left-field line.
"In a situation with a man on second and nobody out you're hoping you can get a pitch to hit to the right side but with two strikes I'm going to try and battle my AB out and survive and get a good pitch up in the zone," Brantly said. "It was away, but I got a good piece of bat on it."
The Marlins trailed 2-0 before Stanton's solo home run off Manny Acosta in the sixth. It was Stanton's third home run in four games after missing the previous nine games with an oblique strain.
Jose Reyes hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to tie the game at 2.
David Wright hit an RBI single in the fifth to put the Mets on the board and pinch-hitter Mike Baxter doubled to give the Mets a 2-0 lead in the sixth.
Mets right-hander Jeurys Familia made his first career start and did not allow a run in four innings. He walked six and struck out three.
"That's been his problem, base on balls," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "You saw when he was over the plate they don't hit them."
Marlins starter Wade LeBlanc allowed one unearned run in five innings.
NOTES: Marlins RHP Josh Johnson was expected to start, but was replaced by LeBlanc due to a sore hamstring. ... Collins announced that he intends to bring back the entire coaching staff for next season. ... On Tuesday, Mets RHP R.A. Dickey (20-6, 2.69 ERA) will look to improve to 6-0 against Miami this season. The Marlins will counter with RHP Jacob Turner (1-4, 3.86 ERA).