While the Red Sox have a 6.5 game lead over the Yankees, the Mets have a 7 game lead over both Philadelphia and Atlanta.
The Mets, (73-55) have the largest lead over the second place team in the Major Leagues (7).
Kevin Kernan of the NY Post on Sun, Aug 26:
“…the NL East race is over. Though the Yankees are fighting for their playoff souls, the Mets are merrily on their way to another October.”