Mets 88-53 after 141 played
Add a bit of El Duque doing what he does best this time of year (and will hopefully continue to do into next month) along with what David Wright and Carlos Delgado doing for most of the season (and especially lately) and it yields a silky 3-2 victory Saturday over the Dodgers. Combine that mixture with a Fish comeback over Philly and the Mets’ magic number drops to a barely perceptible …
That’s over the Phillies, with the Marlins at 4. Since that pair conclude their set on Sunday, the best the Mets can lower their magic number Sunday to to clinch the division is 4.
Five, of course, is a very magical number in Mets lore, especially because of a pair of Davids. The first — actually a Davey — led the Mets to World Series glory 20 years back. The more recent David is a blogger here at MLBlogs, but he’s better known as an All-Star on today’s squad trying to equal Johnson’s World Series championship feat. A John and an Ed also took No. 5 to the Fall Classic, and a Tsuyoshi was sparkly, if not a great hitter overall.
The Mets lead, incidentially, is now 16 1/2 games over the Phillies. A Mets win and Braves loss on Saturday would end that damned division streak once and for all.