New York (43-34) at Miami (37-40)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 30, 2010
  • TV: ESPN2, FSFL
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The Florida Marlins feel Edwin Rodriguez can provide the stability they need to get back in the NL East race. Completing a sweep of the slumping New York Mets on Wednesday night would also help.

Florida (37-40) announced Rodriguez will remain the club’s manager for the remainder of the season Tuesday, and the Marlins responded by beating the Mets 7-6 on Dan Uggla’s(notes) walkoff single. That came a night after the Marlins opened the series with a 10-3 victory as Rodriguez got his first career win in his native Puerto Rico.

“At the end of the year we’ll re-evaluate things,” owner Jeffrey Loria said. “What will always be my first and foremost concern are the players. I thought the continuity … was the most important thing we could do. Edwin’s going to be their manager. The coaches will continue that are in place. Continuity’s important.”

Despite sitting fourth in the East, 7 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta, Loria feels the Marlins can still meet his preseason expectations of contending for a playoff spot.

“We can make it,” he said. “We should be able to make a charge. I haven’t given up on the season. Neither have the players.”

That seems clear with the Marlins on the verge of sweeping the Mets (43-34), who have dropped six of 10 since winning 12 of 13.

Florida has not swept a series since winning four games against New York from May 13-16. They will look to continue their success against Mike Pelfrey(notes) (10-2, 2.71 ERA) as they try to beat the Mets again at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

The right-hander is 0-6 with a 5.82 ERA in nine starts against the Marlins since defeating them in his major league debut July 8, 2006. He has struggled to get out Uggla, who is 9 for 23 (.391) with four doubles against him and had a homer and three RBIs on Tuesday.

Pelfrey, though, has gone 6-1 with a 2.38 ERA in his last eight starts. He matched his victory total of last year by yielding two runs in six innings of a 5-2 win over Minnesota on Friday.

“I wouldn’t say it’s beyond where I thought I could be,” Pelfrey told the team’s official website. “It’s a good start.”

Chris Volstad(notes) (4-7, 4.40) has not been nearly as effective of late, going 1-5 with a 4.62 ERA in nine starts. Florida, which gave him one total run of support in his most recent two outings, has gone 1-9 in his last 10 games.

Volstad cruised through the first six innings against San Diego on Friday but didn’t record an out in the seventh, surrendering three runs and a two-run homer in a 3-0 loss.

Volstad is 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA in four starts against the Mets. He suffered both defeats last year, posting a 4.91 ERA in those games.

Starting Pitchers

M. Pelfrey Min vs. C. Volstad Pit
15-9 Record 12-9
3.66 ERA 4.58
113 K 102
68 BB 60
1.38 WHIP 1.41

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Wednesday, Jun 30