Believe it or not the New York Mets are on the verge of clinching the NL East. Despite dropping three straight series to the Marlins, Yankees and Braves respectively, New York’s magic number sits at just five.
The Amazin’s start a four-game series on Thursday night against the Reds and will send their top four pitchers to the mound in Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom.
Innings limits and pitch counts aside, the Mets have a golden chance to seal their first divisional pennant since 2006.
The Washington Nationals start a three-game weekend series with the lowly Philadelphia Phillies beginning on Friday night.
If New York takes three out of four from Cincinnati and the Phillies take two out of three from the Nationals, the Mets will be division champs.
Sounds simple enough, but die-hard Mets fans realize that things don’t always go according to plan.
The Mets are hoping to close out the pennant race strong after a lackluster 3-6 home-stand over the past week.
New York wants to avoid letting the Nationals creep within striking distance and potentially making the teams’ series at the end of the regular season have playoff implications.
Terry Collins has voiced his displeasure with innings limits for his star pitchers during the divisional race, so the Amazin’s are hoping that they can pop champagne on Sunday and get some much-needed rest before the postseason gets underway Oct. 7.