MLB Magic Numbers

Updated: March 5, 2015 11:56pm 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 3/6/15

AL East

W L W% GB          
 Baltimore Orioles 2 2 .500   NC 159 NC NC
 New York Yankees 1 1 .500 160   160 161 161
 Toronto Blue Jays 1 2 .333 .5 160 NC   NC NC
 Boston Red Sox 0 1 .000 .5 161 162 161   162
 Tampa Bay Rays 0 1 .000 .5 161 162 161 162  

AL Central

W L W% GB          
 Kansas City Royals 2 0 1.000   161 160 160 160
 Minnesota Twins 1 0 1.000 .5 162   161 161 161
 Cleveland Indians 2 1 .666 .5 NC NC   160 160
 Detroit Tigers 2 1 .666 .5 NC NC 160   160
 Chicago White Sox 1 1 .500 1 NC NC 161 161  

AL West

W L W% GB          
 Oakland Athletics 2 0 1.000   161 161 161 159
 Seattle Mariniers 2 0 1.000 161   161 161 159
 Houston Astros 1 0 1.000 .5 162 162   162 160
 Los Angeles Angels 1 0 1.000 .5 162 162 162   160
 Texas Rangers 0 2 .000 2 NC NC NC NC  

NL East

W L W% GB          
 Washington Nationals 1 0 1.000   161 161 161 161
 Atlanta Braves 1 1 .500 .5 NC   161 161 161
 New York Mets 1 1 .500 .5 NC 161   161 161
 Philadelphia Phillies 1 1 .500 .5 NC 161 161   161
 Miami Marlins 0 1 .000 1 NC 162 162 162  

NL Central

W L W% GB          
 St. Louis Cardinals 1 0 1.000   160 160 161 161
 Cincinnati Reds 1 2 .333 1 NC   160 NC NC
 Pittsburgh Pirates 1 2 .333 1 NC 160   NC NC
 Chicago Cubs 0 1 .000 1 NC 161 161   162
 Milwaukee Brewers 0 1 .000 1 NC 161 161 162  

NL West

W L W% GB          
 Arizona Diamondbacks 2 0 1.000   160 159 159 159
 Los Angeles Dodgers 1 1 .500 1 NC   160 160 160
 San Francisco Giants 1 2 .333 1.5 NC NC   160 160
 Colorado Rockies 0 2 .000 2 NC NC 161   161
 San Diego Padres 0 2 .000 2 NC NC 161 161