Meet the Mets
The Mets beat the Braves again last night, and thanks to another Nationals loss, they upped their division lead to 8.5 games and reduced their magic number to clinch the division to 14. Steven Matz wasn't all that sharp, but he got through five innings and gave up just one run in the process. And Yoenis Cespedes had another monster night at the plate because that's what he does as a Met.
Noah Syndergaard, who last pitched on August 30 before his turn in the rotation was skipped to lighten his workload for the season, gets the start in Atlanta tonight for the Mets.
Pitching coach Dan Warthen, who had to be admitted to the hospital with an elevated heart rate recently, rejoined the team last night. He's been important to the pitching staff, to say the least.
As has been tradition on September 11, Mets players and coaches wore the hats of New York City's first-responder agencies during batting practice last night.
The Wilpons have the opportunity to win back the team's fans this winter by signing Cespedes to a long-term deal, writes Kevin Kernan in the Post. He's probably right about that.
Mets tickets are a hotter item now than they have been at any time in Citi Field's history, and New York Blood Center's blood drive that offered free tickets ran out of those tickets.
Bartolo Colon has been excellent for the Mets lately despite his relatively-advanced age, but he's not the first New York City professional athlete to do that.
Around the NL East
As mentioned above, the Nationals lost to the Marlins, their fourth-straight loss overall after the Mets swept them earlier in the week.
The Dodgers, the Mets' likely NLDS opponent if they make the playoffs, lost last night, which leaves them just a half-game ahead of the Mets for home field advantage in a potential playoff matchup.
The Twins are still very much alive in the Wild Card race, and they won again last night to stay within one game of the second Wild Card Texas Rangers in the standings. Of course, the Rangers picked up a game on the Astros last night and are now just 1.5 games back in the American League West.
The AL playoff picture could get even more complicated depending on how the rest of the weekend series between the Blue Jays and Yankees goes. Things did not go well for the Yankees last night. And believe it or not, the Mets aren't the only team that runs into medical surprises.
This date in Mets history
On this date in 1964, the New York Jets played their first game at Shea Stadium.