MLB Magic Numbers

Updated: August 27, 2015 11:56am 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 8/27/15

AL East

W L W% GB          
 Toronto Blue Jays 71 55 .563   35 29 28 23
 New York Yankees 69 57 .547 2 NC   31 30 25
 Baltimore Orioles 63 63 .500 8 NC NC   36 31
 Tampa Bay Rays 62 64 .492 9 NC NC NC   32
 Boston Red Sox 58 69 .456 13.5 NC NC NC NC  

AL Central

W L W% GB          
 Kansas City Royals 77 49 .611   25 20 20 20
 Minnesota Twins 65 61 .515 12 NC   32 32 32
 Cleveland Indians 60 66 .476 17 NC NC   37 37
 Detroit Tigers 60 66 .476 17 NC NC 37   37
 Chicago White Sox 59 66 .472 17.5 NC NC 38 38  

AL West

W L W% GB          
 Houston Astros 71 57 .554   31 30 24 19
 Texas Rangers 64 61 .512 5.5 NC   37 31 26
 Los Angeles Angels 64 62 .507 6 NC NC   31 26
 Seattle Mariniers 59 68 .464 11.5 NC NC NC   31
 Oakland Athletics 55 73 .429 16 NC NC NC NC  

NL East

W L W% GB          
 New York Mets 70 56 .555   31 20 17 16
 Washington Nationals 63 62 .504 6.5 NC   27 24 23
 Atlanta Braves 54 73 .425 16.5 NC NC   33 32
 Miami Marlins 51 76 .401 19.5 NC NC NC   35
 Philadelphia Phillies 50 77 .393 20.5 NC NC NC NC  

NL Central

W L W% GB          
 St. Louis Cardinals 81 45 .642   33 30 8 9
 Pittsburgh Pirates 76 49 .608 4.5 NC   35 13 14
 Chicago Cubs 73 52 .584 7.5 NC NC   16 17
 Milwaukee Brewers 53 74 .417 28.5 NC NC NC   NC
 Cincinnati Reds 52 73 .416 28.5 NC NC NC 37  

NL West

W L W% GB          
 Los Angeles Dodgers 69 56 .552   35 30 30 20
 San Francisco Giants 67 59 .531 2.5 NC   32 32 22
 Arizona Diamondbacks 62 64 .492 7.5 NC NC   37 27
 San Diego Padres 62 64 .492 7.5 NC NC 37   27
 Colorado Rockies 51 74 .408 18 NC NC NC NC