The Nationals lost to the Orioles, which increased the Mets lead in the NL East to 7 1/2 games and lowered their magic number to 3.
What is a magic number? The Mets will clinch the NL East with any combination of Mets wins and Nationals losses equaling 3. For instance, if the Mets win 2 more games and the Nationals lose 1 (2 + 1 = 3), the Mets win the NL East.
Carlos Torres (calf) was expected to do pitcher's fielding drills on Thursday, and could return to the Mets soon.
What's on tap for Friday, September 25
The Mets continue their four-game series against the Reds on Friday in Cincinnati at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.
Noah Syndergaard (8-7, 3.39 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He'll be opposed by Anthony DeSclafani (9-11, 3.79 ERA) for the Reds.
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