MLB Magic Numbers 2019 | 12up
With October creeping closer, it’s time to take stock of the MLB playoff races and see which teams are closest to finally clinching a spot in the postseason. A magic number represents the amount of wins a club needs and losses by its closest rivals in order to reach the postseason. Here are the biggest contenders’ magic numbers:
Yankees Magic Number
The Yankees’ magic number both to clinch a playoff spot or to clinch the division is 15. Late-game heroics like that supplied by Mike Ford have kept the team rolling.
Rays Magic Number
The magic number for clinching one of the two AL Wild Card spots is 25, while the number for getting eliminated in the division is 10.
Twins Magic Number
Rocco Baldelli’s group’s magic number to win the AL Central and clinch a playoff spot is 21, though they will face stern competition from the Cleveland Indians.
Indians Magic Number
The magic number for clinching a wild card spot for Francisco Lindor and the Indians is 26, while the magic number for elimination is 21.
Astros Magic Number
The Astros and their dominant pitching staff have a magic number of 10 to clinch the AL West.
A’s Magic Number
Oakland’s magic number to clinch a Wild Card spot is 26. Their magic number for being eliminated in the AL West race is 16.
Braves Magic Number
Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuña, and the Atlanta Braves’ magic number to put away the NL East is 21, while their playoff magic number is 14.
Nationals Magic Number
MVP Candidate Anthony Rendon and the Nationals magic number both for clinching one of the two wild card spots and for being eliminated is 21.
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Phillies Magic Number
The magic number for Bryce Harper and the Phillies to clinch a wild card spot is 25, while their number for getting eliminated in the NL East is 14.
Cardinals Magic Number
The magic number for the Cardinals to clinch the Central is 24, while 22 will guarantee Paul Goldschmidt and the rest of St. Louis a playoff spot.
Cubs Magic Number
While Chicago’s number for elimination in the NL Central is 24, their number to clinch a playoff spot is 25.
Dodgers Magic Number
The Dodgers have the easiest path towards clinching, as their magic number to win the NL West is 7.