Mets morning briefing 9.15.11

Hours after the Atlanta Braves won an afternoon game to officially eliminate the Mets from postseason contention, the Amazin's lost to the Washington Nationals, 2-0.

"You would have thought that with the resources that we've had and the players that we've had that we would have the opportunities to go to the playoffs more that once and that hasn't happened," David Wright said. "And obviously, that's disappointing. There's only one thing to do and that's play better."

Rookie Chris Schwinden is on the mound Thursday afternoon for the Mets, attempting to halt a five-game losing streak and prevent the Nats from earning a four-game sweep at Citi Field. The last time the Mets lost a four-game series to that franchise, it was twice eight years ago, when the Nats were the Montreal Expos -- in September 2003 at Shea Stadium and April 2003 in San Juan.

Thursday's news reports:

• Major League Baseball released its 2012 schedules. The Mets open the season at home on April 5 against Atlanta. They travel to Toronto and Tampa Bay and host Baltimore in addition to the annual pair of series against the Yankees. The Sept. 11 game next season will be at home against Washington.

Johan Santana's course has been altered. Rather than pitch in Game 3 of the South Atlantic League championship series for Savannah on Thursday, Santana instead will throw a simulated game Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla., where he resides. He then will participate in the fall instructional league for young minor leaguers, which also will be held in Fort Myers for the second straight season. Santana no longer is due to appear in the majors this season. Read more in Newsday, the Record, Post and Star-Ledger.

Jose Reyes elaborated on his hamstring tightness, calling the muscle "shaky." He went 1-for-5 Wednesday, including getting robbed by Nats center fielder Rick Ankiel to end the game, as his average slipped to .331. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun went 1-for-4 and is now hitting .329.

• Wright's seventh error in nine games led to two third-inning unearned runs against Mike Pelfrey in Tuesday's defeat. The last Met with that many errors in a nine-game span was Rey Ordonez in April 2002, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last Mets third baseman with seven errors in a nine-game span: Jeff Kent in June/July 1996. He was traded two weeks later.

• The Mets honored their minor league award winners in a pregame ceremony at Citi Field on Wednesday. Josh Satin was named organization player of the year, while St. Lucie left-hander Darin Gorski -- who won the Florida State League ERA title -- earned pitcher of the year. Catcher Cam Maron was named the organization's top player at Kingsport. Watch video of the Hicksville, L.I., product here. And click here for the full list of award winners.

• Savannah, the Mets' lone remaining active minor league team, resumes its best-of-five South Atlantic League championship series against Greensboro on Thursday at home. The series is tied at a game apiece.

Mookie Wilson unveiled artwork that he and Bill Buckner partnered to produce. Wilson on Wednesday told the story of the first time he talked about the '86 World Series moment with Buckner following that historical event. Wilson was playing with the Toronto Blue Jays and was stretching when Buckner, then with the Kansas City Royals, approached him and jokingly asked if Wilson would hit some grounders to him. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

Carlos Beltran bashed his 300th major league homer on Tuesday, on a tumultuous day for the Giants organization in which Bill Neukom is out as managing general partner.

• With the Mets eliminated, read reflections on what went awry in Newsday, the Post, Times, Journal, Record, Daily News and Star-Ledger.

BIRTHDAYS: Former reliever Satoru Komiyama turns 46. ... Charley Smith, who played infield for the Mets in the mid-'60s, was born on this date in 1937. He passed away in 1994.