MLB Magic Numbers

Updated: August 22, 2014 2:56pm PDT

#Number of wins needed to guarantee finishing ahead of the team currently at this seed

«Team is guaranteed to finish higher than the team currently at this seed

Team has secured at least a tie with the team currently at this seed (refer to tiebreakers)

NCTeam does not control their own destiny for securing this seed

Team has been eliminated from securing this seed

± Tiebreaking procedures

MLB Tiebreakers

Two-Team Tiebreaker for the Division or Wild-Card:

  1. A one game tie-breaker is played between the two teams, winner take all.

Two-Team Tiebreaker between division winners

  1. The team with the best record in head to head play.
  2. The team with the best overall record in intra-division games.
  3. The team with the best record in the final 81 games of the season, ignoring inter-league play.
  4. The team with the best record in the final 82 games of the season, extending backward until the tie is broken.

Three-Team Tiebreaker:

  1. The team with the best intra-division record is determined as Team C. If intra-division records are tied, refer to above tie-breakers to determine team C.
  2. The other two teams, A and B, play one game.
  3. The winner of this game plays team C in one game.
  4. The winner of this second game is the winner of the tie-breaker.

AL East

W L W% GB          
 Baltimore Orioles 73 53 .579   29 28 25 19
 New York Yankees 64 61 .512 8.5 NC   37 34 28
 Toronto Blue Jays 65 62 .511 8.5 NC NC   33 27
 Tampa Bay Rays 62 65 .488 11.5 NC NC NC   30
 Boston Red Sox 56 71 .440 17.5 NC NC NC NC  

AL Central

W L W% GB          
 Kansas City Royals 70 56 .555   36 31 25 23
 Detroit Tigers 68 57 .544 1.5 NC   33 27 25
 Cleveland Indians 64 62 .507 6 NC NC   31 29
 Chicago White Sox 59 68 .464 11.5 NC NC NC   34
 Minnesota Twins 56 70 .444 14 NC NC NC NC  

AL West

W L W% GB          
 Los Angeles Angels 76 50 .603   35 29 13 10
 Oakland Athletics 74 52 .587 2 NC   31 15 12
 Seattle Mariniers 68 58 .539 8 NC NC   21 18
 Houston Astros 54 74 .421 23 NC NC NC   32
 Texas Rangers 49 77 .388 27 NC NC NC NC  

NL East

W L W% GB          
 Washington Nationals 73 53 .579   29 27 22 19
 Atlanta Braves 67 61 .523 7 NC   33 28 25
 Miami Marlins 63 63 .500 10 NC NC   32 29
 New York Mets 60 68 .468 14 NC NC NC   32
 Philadelphia Phillies 56 71 .440 17.5 NC NC NC NC  

NL Central

W L W% GB          
 Milwaukee Brewers 71 56 .559   35 30 25 20
 St. Louis Cardinals 69 57 .547 1.5 NC   32 27 22
 Pittsburgh Pirates 65 62 .511 6 NC NC   31 26
 Cincinnati Reds 61 67 .476 1.5 NC NC NC   30
 Chicago Cubs 56 72 .437 15.5 NC NC NC NC  

NL West

W L W% GB          
 Los Angeles Dodgers 72 57 .558   32 24 16 15
 San Francisco Giants 67 59 .531 3.5 NC   29 21 20
 San Diego Padres 59 67 .468 11.5 NC NC   29 28
 Arizona Diamondbacks 53 75 .414 18.5 NC NC NC   34
 Colorado Rockies 50 76 .396 2.5 NC NC NC NC