Morning Briefing: Season's final week


FIRST PITCH: The season is rapidly winding down.

After an off-day Monday, six games remain. Three at D.C. Then three at home against the Houston Astros.

Bartolo Colon, who aims to reach 200 innings this season, opposes right-hander Tanner Roark (14-10, 2.85 ERA) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park. Colon (14-12, 4.02) is at 190 1/3 innings. He also will start the season finale Sunday.

Monday’s news reports:

• In what may have been his final 2014 start, with team brass considering imposing an innings cap, Jacob deGrom limited Atlanta to two runs (one earned) in six innings as the Mets swept the Braves with a 10-2 win Sunday. The Mets are now a half-game behind plummeting Atlanta for second place in the NL East. The Amazin’s swept the Braves in a three-game series at Turner Field for the first time since 2007.

Terry Collins said the Mets will decide over the next couple of days whether deGrom will start again Saturday at Citi Field against the Houston Astros. It’s entirely possible Rafael Montero instead gets a spot start.

“I want to make another one,” deGrom said. “We talked, so we’re going to see. I told them I would like to make the next one.”

The Braves officially were eliminated from postseason contention with Sunday’s loss, and there are rumblings GM Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez could pay the price.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Journal and at MLB.com.

• Mets rookies were required to wear female superhero outfits for the trip from Atlanta to D.C. as part of an annual hazing ritual.

• With Dilson Herrera potentially done for the season with a right quadriceps strain, middle infielder Wilfredo Tovar is due to join the Mets on Tuesday at Nationals Park. It marks the second straight season Tovar initially was snubbed for a September call-up, but received a call because of injury.

• Herrera plans to play winter ball for Licey in the Dominican Republic.

• Tim Brown and Jeff Passan at Yahoo! both believe deGrom deserves NL Rookie of the Year. Passan has Travis d'Arnaud listed third.

• If Wilmer Flores is the No. 1 shortstop, Collins believes Ruben Tejada can be a viable backup middle infielder for the Mets in 2015. Read more in the Post and Record.

BIRTHDAYS: September call-up Wally Backman turns 55. ... Bench coach Bob Geren and Vince Coleman are 53. ... Chris Schwinden is 28. ... Mark Guthrie is 49. ... Minor-league catcher Jeff Glenn is 23.


YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets let Jacob deGrom make one more start this season?