FIRST PITCH: It's safe to say the Mets wouldn't win the AL Central.
The AL Central leading Tigers finished off their three-game bludgeoning of the Mets as they beat them, 11-3, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The Tigers collected 41 hits in the three games.
After facing baseball's best offense, the Mets will get a break as one of baseball's worst offenses, the Phillies, comes to Citi Field for a four-game set starting Monday. Zack Wheeler will try to snap the team's four-game losing streak when he faces Cliff Lee.
Monday's news reports
• Dillon Gee entered the game with the fourth-best ERA in baseball since May 30, but even he couldn't stop the Tigers. He gave up four runs on 10 hits over six innings for his third loss in his last 16 outings.
• The Mets want to get Matt Harvey through September while still limiting his innings. Harvey has thrown 178 1/3 innings this year and has approximately 25-plus innings left before the team shuts him for the season. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Newsday and The Record.
• Wheeler said the team is tiring as it prepares for the final month.
• In the Post, Larry Brooks writes about the Mets trying to contend while playing all the youngsters, like d'Arnaud.
BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets pitcher Ricky Bottalico turns 44. Bottalico pitched for the Mets in 2004, going 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA. Former utility player Alex Trevino turns 56.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
Travis d'Arnaud gets a NY curtain call after his first major league HR!!! His 2-run shot gives the #Mets a 3-2 lead!!!
— New York Mets (@Mets) August 25, 2013
YOU'RE UP: Were you surprised how well the Tigers did against Harvey and Gee?