FIRST PITCH: The Mets are making a run at third place.
Of course, success has repercussions.
The Mets are on the borderline of protected versus unprotected draft picks.
Only a game better than the Mets, and with their picks currently unprotected if the season were to end now, are the Toronto Blue Jays and Phillies at 71-83. The Mets also could be in danger of passing the San Diego Padres (72-82) with a little more success.
Meanwhile, shortstop Wilfredo Tovar is due to make his major league debut in the 1:35 p.m. series finale.
Sunday’s news reports:
• Zack Wheeler experienced shoulder stiffness during and after his last start, so the Mets have decided to shut him down now. No MRI or doctor’s visit is planned. Wheeler went 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 17 major league starts during his rookie season.
• David Wright homered for the second straight day and the Mets posted a rain-shortened, 5-4 win against the Phillies on Saturday. Wright is due to sit out today’s game as well as Wednesday’s game in Cincinnati to ease back from a right hamstring strain. The captain indicated his fielding sharpness is not yet fully back after a seven-week absence.
• Baseball America computes the Mets’ minor league teams’ cumulative record of 413-343 (.546) to be tied with the Minnesota Twins for fourth-best in MLB. The only better winning percentages: The Houston Astros (.570), San Francisco Giants (.564) and Washington Nationals (.550). See the chart here.
• Check out the roster for the Mets’ fall instructional league here. Games begin Tuesday.
• From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing greets Wright's return with enhanced appreciation for the greatest third baseman in Mets history. … John Delcos at Mets Report suggests there is no point inviting Daisuke Matsuzaka to spring training.
BIRTHDAYS: Triple-A manager Wally Backman turns 54. … Right-hander Chris Schwinden is 27. … Bench coach Bob Geren and Vince Coleman turn 52.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
I'm listening to the #Mets radio broadcast while grading papers. I really know how to party, huh? #SaturdayNight
— CC (@connallon) September 22, 2013
YOU’RE UP: Do you approve of the decision to shut down Zack Wheeler for the season?