The Mets' historic August is over. It'll be a bittersweet calendar turn for New York, which is a step closer to its first playoff berth in eight years, and the Mets have their performance in August to thank for it. The Mets set a franchise record with 45 home runs last month and begin September by continuing this three-game series against Philadelphia, with Jon Niese opposing Aaron Harang.
Niese went 3-0 in August despite putting up a 5.17 ERA, the product mostly of starts in the hitters' havens of Colorado and Philadelphia. Harang has won just once since mid-May. Both allowed five runs in six innings and received no-decisions against each other Aug. 27.
Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.