MLB Magic Numbers

Updated: September 1, 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 79 57 .580   19 17 13 7
 New York Yankees 70 65 .518 8.5 NC   26 22 16
 Toronto Blue Jays 69 67 .507 10 NC NC   23 17
 Tampa Bay Rays 67 71 .485 13 NC NC NC   19
 Boston Red Sox 60 77 .438 19.5 NC NC NC NC  

AL Central

W L W% GB          
 Kansas City Royals 74 61 .548   27 25 14 12
 Detroit Tigers 74 62 .544 .5 NC   25 14 12
 Cleveland Indians 70 64 .522 3.5 NC NC   18 16
 Chicago White Sox 62 75 .452 13 NC NC NC   24
 Minnesota Twins 60 77 .438 15 NC NC NC NC  

AL West

W L W% GB          
 Los Angeles Angels 83 53 .610   22 18 «
 Oakland Athletics 78 58 .573 5 NC   23 6 2
 Seattle Mariniers 73 62 .540 9.5 NC NC   11 7
 Houston Astros 59 79 .427 25 NC NC NC   21
 Texas Rangers 53 83 .389 30 NC NC NC  

NL East

W L W% GB          
 Washington Nationals 77 58 .570   20 17 12 12
 Atlanta Braves 72 66 .521 6.5 NC   22 17 17
 Miami Marlins 67 69 .492 1.5 NC NC   22 22
 New York Mets 64 74 .463 14.5 NC NC NC   25
 Philadelphia Phillies 63 74 .459 15 NC NC NC 26  

NL Central

W L W% GB          
 St. Louis Cardinals 74 63 .540   25 23 18 13
 Milwaukee Brewers 73 64 .532 1 NC   24 19 14
 Pittsburgh Pirates 71 66 .518 3 NC NC   21 16
 Cincinnati Reds 66 71 .481 8 NC NC NC   21
 Chicago Cubs 62 76 .449 12.5 NC NC NC NC  

NL West

W L W% GB          
 Los Angeles Dodgers 77 60 .562   24 15 7 3
 San Francisco Giants 75 62 .547 2 NC   17 9 5
 San Diego Padres 64 71 .474 12 NC NC   20 16
 Arizona Diamondbacks 57 79 .419 19.5 NC NC NC   23
 Colorado Rockies 54 83 .394 23 NC NC NC NC