Mets 71-45 after 126 played

TuckerGood stuff all around. After a hiccup in the series opener, the Mets roared back — even if there wasn’t all that much roaring by the offense — to grab the next two, 6-4 on Saturday and 3-1 on Sunday. As it’s been so many times this season, the 25th man — this weekend, Michael Tucker — took charge to fuel the wins.

The result of the series win in D.C.? A magic number that’s dipped to a miniscule…

32.

That’s a number best known to Mets fans as John Matlack’s uniform number, but also most recently worn by the un-good Danny Graves. I also like to remember it for ex-Generation K leader Paul Wilson.

But that’s the past. The present has everything to do with a 15-game cushion in the NL East over the Phillies, who are the next target coming up on the schedule.

The 71 victories for the Mets is just five behind the TIgers, who were just swept by the White Sox. It also stands as the second most in baseball to Detroit. The .612 winning percentage for the Mets plays out to a 99-win season come the end of the regulation campaign.

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