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.
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.
|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||60-Day DL||Sprained left thumb|
MIAMI (AP) -- David Wright watched the final four innings from the dugout as his teammates closed out a meaningless final game.
Now the goal for the New York Mets is to keep Wright and start winning.
Ike Davis hit his 32nd homer, and Scott Hairston got his 20th Wednesday to help the Mets win their finale by beating the Miami Marlins 4-2.
The Mets (74-88) finished fourth in the NL East for the fourth year in a row, but they believe things are on the upswing after the settlement of a suit stemming from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.
General manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets will make "every effort" to reach long-term deals with third baseman Wright and 20-game winner R.A. Dickey, and the team might be more active this offseason in the trade and free-agent markets.
"The organization is in a stronger position than a year ago," Alderson said.
Wright said he is optimistic the Mets will be better in 2013.
"It's difficult because of how the season ended," he said. "But when you look back and evaluate this team as a whole, there is a lot of good that came out of this year and a lot of positives that you can take into next year."
The Mets hold a $16 million option for Wright for next year. He said he hasn't thought about a possible long-term deal.
"I'm sure in a couple of weeks I'll be able to think about it a little bit more and just enjoy the process," he said.
Rookie Jeremy Hefner (4-7), who hopes to make the Mets' roster in 2013, closed the season with his second consecutive strong start. He allowed two runs in 7 1-3 innings.
"I know I can pitch here," he said.
The Marlins (69-93), touted as playoff contenders after an offseason spending binge, instead posted their worst record since 1999.
Miami heads into the offseason with questions about the future of manager Ozzie Guillen and president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest. Owner Jeffrey Loria wasn't at the game, but he hasn't ruled out changes at the top.
Following the finale, Guillen met briefly with Beinfest and general manager Michael Hill.
"They're going to have a meeting soon about it," Guillen said. "It's a very tough situation. We all failed, and we're all a big part of this bad season. They have to think about it, and with time see what we need, and think with their mind and not their heart. Right now it's too hard to make decisions because everybody is bitter and very upset and disappointed with the season. I think they're doing the right thing to think about it."
The fates of Guillen and Beinfest are in doubt even though both are under contract through 2015. That's how badly the season went after a rebranding of the franchise and the move into a new ballpark.
"Everyone is happy it's done," said slugger Giancarlo Stanton , one of the team's few bright spots. "It wasn't a great year for all of us as a whole."
With a crowd of 27,418 for the finale, the Marlins drew more than 2.2 million fans, 12th-best in the NL but their highest total since 1997.
The Mets were hardly a long-ball team this season, but they showed some muscle at the end. Hairston reached the 20-homer milestone for the first time. Andres Torres hit his third.
Wright went 0 for 2 before leaving the game and finished at .306 with 21 homers and 93 RBIs.
"It's tough to evaluate yourself the way you finished as a team," he said. "At some point I'll look back and be proud of what I was able to accomplish. Now is not the time for that."
Davis, whose average dipped to .158 in June, ended up at .227 with 90 RBIs.
"You look at the power numbers and RBI numbers, and I'm there," he said. "But I don't consider myself a .220 hitter. Hopefully I get a chance to prove next year that I can do better."
New York's Lucas Duda was hit in the back of the helmet by a 79-mph curve from Dan Jennings in his final at-bat. Duda was taken out of the game, but after the game said he was fine.
NOTES: The Mets finished 12-6 against Miami and tied a franchise record for most victories in a year against the Marlins, set in 2001. ... The Mets improved to 79-79 in Miami. ... The roof at the Marlins' new ballpark was open for eight of 81 games, and only once after June 13. ... The Mets' Bobby Parnell , who earned his seventh save, didn't allow a run in his final 11 1-3 innings.