MLB Magic Numbers

Updated: March 28, 2015 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.

Clinching & Elimination scenarios for 3/28/15

AL East

W L W% GB          
 Toronto Blue Jays 15 11 .576   NC 136 NC 133
 Boston Red Sox 12 10 .545 1 140   139 141 136
 New York Yankees 14 12 .538 1 NC NC   NC 134
 Tampa Bay Rays 11 10 .523 1.5 141 142 140   137
 Baltimore Orioles 10 15 .400 4.5 NC NC NC NC  

AL Central

W L W% GB          
 Kansas City Royals 15 9 .625   135 134 132 135
 Minnesota Twins 10 13 .434 4.5 NC   139 137 140
 Cleveland Indians 10 14 .416 5 NC NC   137 NC
 Chicago White Sox 8 13 .381 5.5 NC 142 141 139  
 Detroit Tigers 10 16 .384 6 NC NC NC   NC

AL West

W L W% GB          
 Oakland Athletics 16 9 .640   138 NC 134 135
 Los Angeles Angels 13 9 .590 1.5 141   NC 137 138
 Houston Astros 10 8 .555 2.5 144 144   140 141
 Seattle Mariniers 10 13 .434 5 NC NC NC   NC
 Texas Rangers 9 12 .428 5 NC NC NC 141  

NL East

W L W% GB          
 New York Mets 15 11 .576   NC 135 134 136
 Miami Marlins 12 10 .545 1 140   138 137 139
 Atlanta Braves 12 13 .480 2.5 NC NC   137 NC
 Philadelphia Phillies 11 14 .440 3.5 NC NC NC   NC
 Washington Nationals 9 12 .428 3.5 NC NC 141 140  

NL Central

W L W% GB          
 St. Louis Cardinals 11 9 .550   142 142 141 138
 Pittsburgh Pirates 12 10 .545 NC   141 140 137
 Cincinnati Reds 11 10 .523 .5 NC 142   141 138
 Milwaukee Brewers 11 11 .500 1 NC NC NC   138
 Chicago Cubs 10 14 .416 3 NC NC NC NC  

NL West

W L W% GB          
 Los Angeles Dodgers 13 7 .650   140 139 139 131
 Arizona Diamondbacks 14 10 .583 1 NC   138 138 130
 Colorado Rockies 13 11 .541 2 NC NC   139 131
 San Diego Padres 12 11 .521 2.5 NC NC 140   132
 San Francisco Giants 7 19 .269 9 NC NC NC NC