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.
"It's fun," Daniel Murphy, who went 3-for-5 on Thursday, said. "That's the easiest way to describe it. You don't need a lot of adjectives: It's fun. This is a great group of guys and we're having a whole lot of fun right now."
The Mets can clinch a tie for the division title with one more win and one more loss by the Nationals.
“It’s a pretty good spot to be in,” said rookie LHP Steven Matz, who pitched 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday.
The Mets currently lead the Nationals by seven games in the loss column with nine games left to play.
"They would be so happy," Mets infielder Kelly Johnson said, speaking about the response from fans if the Mets win the division. "I know we would and the coaches would and the owners would."