Both Zack Wheeler and Josh Collmenter will look to return to familiar form when the Mets take on the D-backs in the first game of the three-game series on Monday in Phoenix.
Wheeler allowed one run on six hits in 6 1/3 innings against the D-backs in his last start at Chase Field in August.
Collmenter, who started the season in Arizona's bullpen, is making his first start since replacing Randall Delgado in the rotation.
"It's obviously nice to come back to the rotation. It's something not a whole lot of guys get to do once they are sent to the bullpen," Collmenter said. "To be able to go back and forth really helps out."
Collmenter, who is expected to throw 90 pitches, made 11 starts for the D-backs in 2012, but his best year as a starter came in '11, when he went 10-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 24 starts. He threw four innings of relief against the Giants in his last outing to help prepare him for the shift.
This marks Collmenter's first start since pitching five innings against the Cubs on Sept. 30, 2012.
"Everything is pretty much scripted [as a starter], and you know exactly when you are going to throw," Collmenter said. "The bullpen is fun because you get that burst of adrenaline, but it's definitely fun to have both sides of the coin and know how to do both."
As for Wheeler, he gave up four runs in five innings against the Braves in his last outing.
"I was aggressive [against Atlanta]," Wheeler said. "That was my goal coming into this year was to be aggressive. Sometimes when you miss with your pitches, they take advantage of it. Sometimes they don't."
Mets: Granderson talks Hammer, Babe
The Mets will be in Arizona for Jackie Robinson Day on Tuesday and were in Atlanta last week for the Braves' ceremony honoring Hank Aaron on the 40th anniversary of his record-breaking 715th career home run.
Curtis Granderson said he seemed to hear more about Babe Ruth than Hank Aaron growing up.
"I felt I would see Babe Ruth hit base hits, home runs that weren't even record-breakers," Granderson said. "It just seemed like I heard Babe Ruth's name a lot more. At the time Hank Aaron was the champ, but for whatever reason he didn't get highlighted as much."
D-backs: Ross' return appears imminent
Cody Ross could be activated from the disabled list sometime this series.
Ross, who is recovering from August hip surgery, has been playing for Triple-A Reno while on rehab assignment. The club would like to see him play nine innings before activating him.
"He played almost eight innings [Saturday] so we are getting fairly close," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We are getting close but at the same time we are just getting him into seven, eight and nine innings."
Ross will likely be limited to playing left field and right field upon his return.
• Collmenter is 4-0 with 2.84 ERA in 38 innings over his past seven starts.
• The Mets will celebrate Shea Stadium's 50th anniversary by rolling back ticket prices for their April 18-20 games against the Braves at Citi Field. A limited number of promenade outfield and promenade reserved tickets are be available for the 1964 box seat price of $3.50, at Mets.com/1964.
• D-backs are hosting exhibits from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum through Wednesday.
• Mets outfielder Chris Young (right groin), who played his first seven seasons with the D-backs, was scheduled to play for Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday.