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Nationals Magic Number provides daily updates as the Washington Nationals try to win their division. Today’s magic number for the Nats to clinch the N.L. East: 4
What else is 4: After pitcher Gio Gonzalez signed a $42 million contract extension with the Nats in 2012, he bought a nuclear family’s worth of luxury cars: two Lamborghinis, one Rolls Royce, and one Bentley. Gio only kept one of the four cars, though—the other three were for his mom, dad, and brother. Oh, he got his brother a boat, too. “I’m already broke,” he told then-teammate Kurt Suzuki when Suzuki played reporter and interviewed him for a MASN segment last year.
What happened yesterday: The Nats continued their season-long dominance of the Mets, shutting them out in New York to finish their four-game series with three wins. The second-place Braves lost their third consecutive game to the Texas Rangers, who, even after sweeping the Braves, still have the worst record in baseball.
What’s happening today: This could be it. The Nats start a three-game series against the Braves tonight in Atlanta at 7:10 p.m., and if the Nats win two of the games, they win the division. If not, we’ll have to wait a little longer.