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New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 18: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates with teammates after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field on September 18, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Urakami/Getty Images)

Inspite of all the handwringing, worry and concern over the past two weeks, the Mets have narrowed their magic number to clinch a playoff spot down to just two.

A win Monday in Monday could very well clinch the Mets ticket to the postseason, although there is much work to be done as the Mets still maintain a one-game lead over the Atlanta Braves for the NL East Division crown.

New York swept the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend, including a 7-3 winner on Sunday. The Amazin’s rallied from a three-all tie to plate four runs in the eighth inning. Brandon Nimmo’s single to left-center scored Terrance Gore to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Later in the frame, Daniel Voglebach lined a two-run single to center scoring Nimmo and Jeff McNeil to put the Mets up 6-3.

Eduardo Escobar wrapped up the scoring on a RBI ground out, scoring Pete Alonso.

Nimmo, McNeil and Voglebach all enjoyed big days at the plate. Nimmo had three hits on the day, while McNeil and Voglebach had two hits a piece.

Jacob deGrom got the start, gave up three runs over five innings, but did record 13 strikeouts. In fact the Mets pitching staff, as a unit combined to strikeout 20 Pirates on Sunday.