- Kieran Darcy, ESPN Staff Writer
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FIRST PITCH: September has arrived, and the New York Mets are still playing meaningful games for a change.
In fact, they have a chance to lock up the National League East well before the end of the month -- with their win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, combined with the Washington Nationals' loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Mets have a 6.5-game lead in the division.
TUESDAY'S NEWS REPORTS:
Bartolo Colon pitched a gem Monday, and Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson provided the runs via the long ball. Read game recaps in the Daily News, Post, Times, Newsday, Record, NJ.com and MLB.com.
Despite Colon's success, the Mets should stick with their young guns in the playoffs, writes John Harper in the Daily News.
Hitting coach Kevin Long has kept the Mets in the swing of things, writes Mark Herrmann in Newsday.
September should be Amazin' for the Mets, writes Bob Klapisch in the Record.
From the bloggers: Bumping Colon from the playoff roster would be a bad idea, according to Mets Report.
BIRTHDAYS: David West turns 51 on Tuesday.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
Bartolo Colon 8 IP, 0 R Mets match their longest winning streak vs Phillies (10, prev done 1971-72) Colon is 11-1 vs NL East teams in 2015
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 1, 2015
YOU'RE UP: Should Colon get a start in the playoffs?