MLB Magic Numbers

Updated: September 22, 2014 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 9/23/14

AL East

W L W% GB          
 Baltimore Orioles 93 63 .596   « « « «
 New York Yankees 81 75 .519 12   5 «
 Toronto Blue Jays 79 77 .506 14 NC   3 «
 Tampa Bay Rays 75 81 .480 18 NC NC   «
 Boston Red Sox 68 88 .435 25  

AL Central

W L W% GB          
 Detroit Tigers 86 70 .551   6 2 « «
 Kansas City Royals 85 71 .544 1 NC   3 « «
 Cleveland Indians 82 75 .522 4.5 NC NC   « «
 Chicago White Sox 72 84 .461 14  
 Minnesota Twins 66 90 .423 20 NC  

AL West

W L W% GB          
 Los Angeles Angels 96 61 .611   « « « «
 Oakland Athletics 86 70 .551 9.5   4 « «
 Seattle Mariniers 83 73 .532 12.5 NC   « «
 Houston Astros 69 88 .439 27  
 Texas Rangers 63 93 .403 32.5 NC  

NL East

W L W% GB          
 Washington Nationals 91 64 .587   « « « «
 Atlanta Braves 76 80 .487 15.5   7 6 2
 New York Mets 76 80 .487 15.5 7   6 2
 Miami Marlins 74 81 .477 17 NC NC   4
 Philadelphia Phillies 71 85 .455 20.5 NC NC NC  

NL Central

W L W% GB          
 St. Louis Cardinals 88 69 .560   4 « « «
 Pittsburgh Pirates 85 71 .544 2.5 NC   2 « «
 Milwaukee Brewers 80 76 .512 7.5 NC   « «
 Cincinnati Reds 72 84 .461 15.5   3
 Chicago Cubs 69 88 .439 19 NC  

NL West

W L W% GB          
 Los Angeles Dodgers 89 68 .566   3 « « «
 San Francisco Giants 85 71 .544 3.5 NC   « « «
 San Diego Padres 75 81 .480 13.5   « «
 Colorado Rockies 65 92 .414 24   4
 Arizona Diamondbacks 63 94 .401 26 NC