FIRST PITCH: The Mets need to go 17-0 to reach their goal of finishing.500.
After being swept by the Nationals with Thursday's 7-2 loss at Citi Field, the Mets are just one loss away from their fifth straight losing season. They likely will be tied with the Astros entering 2014 for the longest streak of losing seasons in baseball.
Friday's news reports:
• Frank Francisco denied hitting Jayson Werth on purpose on Thursday. The Nationals were not pleased that Werth was hit on a 3-0 pitch. Ron Darling called Francisco "a fool" for allegedly throwing at Werth. Read more in The Record.
• Davey Johnson reflected on managing the Mets. Johnson managed the team to its most recent World Series title, in 1986.
BIRTHDAYS: Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka turns 33 today.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
David Wright says don't give up on his friend and former VA Tech star David Wilson. Expects him to have a bounce back game vs.Broncos.
— Jay Horwitz (@Jay_HorwitzPR) September 12, 2013
YOU'RE UP: Are you surprised by the Mets' woeful play in September?