Following a pair of walk-off wins -- including a game-winning wild pitch on Tuesday night -- the Marlins clinched their first series victory of the season. On Wednesday afternoon, they'll be going for their first sweep of the year and their first sweep of the Mets since September 2010.
A once-promising April went south quickly for the Mets, who head into May with a six-game losing streak. A loss Wednesday to the last-place Marlins would make for a very quiet flight to Atlanta.
Wade LeBlanc gets the ball for Miami looking to snap a personal losing streak that has spanned his last seven decisions. In fact, LeBlanc hasn't picked up a win since Aug. 22.
In his last time out, the left-hander gave up two homers to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, but those dingers cost him four runs in his six innings.
"I'm just staying the course," LeBlanc said. "Stay aggressive. Stay positive. At a point like this, that's all you can do. I've made mistakes that have gotten punished. But for the most part, I've executed pitches that have just found holes.
"That's part of the game. Once you make a pitch, that's all you can focus on. I think for the most part this year, I've done a pretty good job of that. I'm going to just try to carry that over and hopefully things turn around."
LeBlanc will be contending with a Mets lineup that has struggled mightily in key situations recently. During the current skid, New York is 4-for-41 with runners in scoring position.
Opposite LeBlanc will be Mets right-hander Dillon Gee, who was done in by a rough sixth inning in his last time out. Gee shut the Phillies out for five frames last week, but to start the sixth, he allowed three straight singles, followed by a home run by Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard.
"The changeup was there most of the night," said Gee after the loss. "If I would've executed a pitch, it probably would've been a bit different. If you don't execute, that's what happens."
Mets: Wright makes return to lineup
• Mets captain David Wright sat out Monday's game with a stiff neck, though he did make a pinch-hit appearance in the 13th inning. He was in the lineup on Tuesday after stating his case to manager Terry Collins.
"It's going to be a decision that he has to make along with us of, 'Are we sacrificing five more days if he plays and it gets worse?" Collins said before Tuesday's game. "Or is it going away, and it's not going to get worse?'"
Wright went 0-for-4 with a strikeout on Tuesday and is hitting .291.
Marlins: Ozuna makes MLB debut
• Prospect Marcell Ozuna, 22, made his Major League debut Tuesday night after being called up to replace the injured Giancarlo Stanton, who will be out at least three to four weeks with a Grade 2 right hamstring strain.
"When I received the call, I was very excited," Ozuna said. "I didn't sleep."
Ozuna, who batted sixth and played right field, went 1-for-3, picking up his first-career hit in the fifth inning. The club's No. 6 prospect was hitting .333 in 10 games for Double-A Jacksonville.
• The Mets are 80-80 all-time against the Marlins in Miami.
• In 12 at-bats against Gee, Miami's Placido Polanco is hitting .167 without an extra-base hit.
• The Marlins' bullpen has combined to go 3-2 with a 2.01 ERA in its last 11 home games.