- The Washington Times - Friday, September 22, 2017

The New York Mets have had a disastrous season. 

The Mets are 65-87 and have dealt with a series of injuries and misfortunes to torpedo their year. The New York Daily News reported Thursday that manager Terry Collins is expected to retire at the end of the year. 

The Nationals begin a three-game series Friday against the Mets for the last time this year. With the National League East already clinched and the Mets so far out of contention, there’s not much to watch for.

However, both Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer are pitching this weekend against Matt Harvey and Jacob DeGrom, respectively, so there should be some quality pitching this weekend. 

Can it be the playoffs already? 

Nationals player to watch: Matt Wieters

Wieters, as The Washington Times’ Todd Dybas recently pointed out, is hitting .193 since the All-Star break. The Nationals brought in Wieters in the offseason to replace Wilson Ramos and the former Orioles catcher delivered a solid first half, batting .240. 

Wieter’s slump has primarily come in September — batting only .088. While the Nationals haven’t relied on the catcher for his bat, it’s still something to keep an eye on as the playoffs approach.

Pitching matchups

Friday: Edwin Jackson vs. Robert Gsellman.

Saturday: Strasburg vs. Harvey.

Sunday: Scherzer vs. DeGrom.


• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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