Morning Briefing: Mets now try to refocus on wild-card race

MIAMI -- The New York Mets participated in an emotional game at Marlins Park on Monday night and acted “first class,” according to Dee Gordon, in helping remember the late Jose Fernandez.

Now, the Mets will try to refocus their attention on earning a National League wild-card berth.

With five games remaining in the regular season, the Mets lead the San Francisco Giants by a half-game and the St. Louis Cardinals by 1 1/2 games in the wild-card standings.

On Tuesday, Noah Syndergaard (13-9, 2.63 ERA) opposes right-hander Tom Koehler (9-12, 4.02) at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Syndergaard is returning to the rotation after missing Saturday's start due to strep throat. He also is lined up to pitch the final day of the regular season in Philadelphia if that game is meaningful for the Mets. Otherwise, Syndergaard will be held back for next Wednesday's wild-card game.


  • After a moving pregame ceremony remembering Fernandez, Bartolo Colon allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings and the Marlins beat the Mets, 7-3. Read recaps in the Miami Herald, Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Steven Matz (shoulder) was again examined by team doctors on Monday and appears doubtful to contribute in the postseason. There is no chance of contributing as a starting pitcher. Read more at MLB.com.

  • Tim Tebow struck out in both of his at-bats in an intrasquad game in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He plays his first game against another opponent on Wednesday when the Mets' instructional-league players host the Cardinals. Read more in Newsday.

  • From the bloggers … Faith and Fear recalls Fernandez through the prism of division rivalry.

BIRTHDAYS: Jason Phillips turns 40. ... Jon Rauch is 38. ... John Lannan is 32. ... Don Schulze is 54. ... Luis Guillorme is 22.


YOU'RE UP: Was it appropriate that the Mets lost on Monday?