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New York at Miami

Venue: Marlins Park
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The New York Mets and Miami Marlins are both getting ready to finish up disappointing campaigns.

While the Mets are bringing back their entire coaching staff in 2013, there remains much more uncertainly surrounding the Marlins and their plans for next season.

In what could be Ozzie Guillen's last game at the helm, the Marlins try for a three-game sweep of the visiting Mets as both clubs wrap up their seasons Wednesday afternoon.

Though Guillen still has three years remaining on his contract, it remains to be seen if he'll be back after Miami (69-92) failed to live up to expectations, finishing at the bottom of the NL East.

"Right now, I'm coming back tomorrow because they don't tell me anything today," he told the Marlins' official website. "Maybe tomorrow they may change their decision and say they don't want me back.

"It's not my department. That's up to (owner) Jeffrey (Loria) and them guys, who is coming back here in any department."

New York (73-88), meanwhile, will finish fourth in the division for the fourth consecutive season thanks in large part to a 27-48 record since the All-Star break.

Though there figures to be some new faces on the field, all six Mets coaches will return next year.

"I think you can get carried away by blaming coaches for a lot of stuff that happens," manager Terry Collins told the team's official website. "If you didn't see work ethic, I can understand coaching changes. If there were issues that some guys had, I can understand that. But I was around these guys every single day, and there hasn't been a day go by where they haven't tried to stay positive."

There haven't been many positives to take away from the Mets' recent efforts. They've been outscored 15-7 during a four-game skid, falling 4-3 in 11 innings Tuesday.

Gorkys Hernandez and Rob Brantly both homered off Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey to give the Marlins an early lead before Donovan Solano came through with a bases-loaded single in the 11th.

Miami will try to keep things going against Mets rookie Jeremy Hefner (3-7, 5.32 ERA), who after giving up a career-high seven runs and failing to record an out during a 16-1 loss to Philadelphia on Sept. 20, turned in arguably his best start of the season last Wednesday. The right-hander struck out seven over seven innings of three-hit ball to beat Pittsburgh 6-0.

"Everybody in this room was here for his last start, saw his emotions, and saw that he was upset. He had something to prove tonight - that he can pitch here," Collins said. "I believe he showed everybody he belongs here. I was very, very happy for him."

Hefner was also sharp in his only start against Miami on Sept. 1 but didn't factor in the decision of a 5-3 road win, giving up two runs and six hits over six innings.

With Mark Buehrle already shut down, the Marlins will give the ball to Tom Koehler (0-0, 5.40) for his first big league start. The right-hander allowed one run and three hits over two-thirds of an inning of relief during Monday's series-opening 3-2 win.

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Probable Starters

Jeremy Hefner, RHP
2012 stats
93.2 Innings Pitched 13.1
4-7 Wins-Losses 0-1
5.09 Earned Run Average 5.40
18 Walks 2
62 Strikeouts 13
78 Pitches Per Start 0
Career vs. opponent
14.1 Innings Pitched 1.2
1-0 Wins-Losses 0-0
2.51 Earned Run Average 5.40

Tom Koehler, HP
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
NY Mets4th NL East6473.467145-5 W 1
Miami3rd NL East6669.489113-7 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Tom Koehler
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Murphy110001.000
Torres110001.000
Baxter110001.000
Shoppach110001.000
Dickey000000
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Jeremy Hefner
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Lee42000.500
Petersen31000.333
Solano31000.333
Reyes41000.250
Stanton41002.250
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
N.Y. Mets 100 Miami -110
Injuries
NY Mets
PlayerInjury
V. BlackNeck
J. EdginElbow
M. HarveyElbow
J. HefnerForearm
D. MurphyCalf
B. ParnellElbow
Miami
PlayerInjury
C. CappsElbow
J. FernandezElbow
R. FurcalLeg
K. GreggElbow
D. JenningsConcussion
B. MorrisGroin
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 25NYMNYM 4-3Familia Cishek 
Apr 26NYMMIA 7-6Dunn Farnsworth 
Apr 27NYMNYM 4-0Gee Koehler 
May 5MIAMIA 4-3Cishek Rice 
May 6MIAMIA 3-0Alvarez Colon 
May 7MIAMIA 1-0Cishek Torres 
Jun 19MIANYM 1-0Wheeler Heaney 
Jun 20MIAMIA 3-2Alvarez Matsuzaka 
Jun 21MIANYM 4-0deGrom Koehler 
Jun 22MIANYM 11-5Niese DeSclafani 
Jul 11NYMNYM 7-1Wheeler Alvarez 
Jul 12NYMNYM 5-4Black Dunn 
Jul 13NYMNYM 9-1deGrom Hand 
Sep 1MIA 1:10 PM EDT  
Sep 2MIA 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 3MIA 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 15NYM 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 16NYM 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 17NYM 7:10 PM EDT