MLB League Standings

2016 MLB Magic Numbers

Houston Astros

The Houston Astros will be eliminated from the playoffs with:

  • A Baltimore Orioles win vs. the Toronto Blue Jays

New York Yankees

The New York Yankees will be eliminated from the playoffs with:

  • A loss vs. the Boston Red Sox OR a Baltimore Orioles win vs. the Toronto Blue Jays

MLB Seeding Tie-breakers

The Magic Numbers below, for the League / Wild Card standings, do not take into account seeding tie-breakers, they are Magic Numbers for an out-right clinch of the seed.

Here's the current state of tie-breakers and playoff seeding:

American League

Division Champions
  1. Texas has clinched the AL West, owns the tie-breaker over Boston, Cleveland, and will be the #1, #2, or #3 seed.
  2. Boston has clinched the AL East, owns the tie-breaker over Cleveland, and will be the #1, #2, or #3 seed.
  3. Cleveland has clinched the AL Central, and will be the #1, #2, or #3 seed.
Wild-card
  1. Toronto owns the tie-breaker over Baltimore, Detroit.
  2. Baltimore owns the tie-breaker over Detroit.
  3. Detroit owns the tie-breaker over Seattle, Houston.
  4. Seattle owns the tie-breaker over Baltimore, Toronto.
  5. Houston owns the tie-breaker over Baltimore.
  6. New York owns the tie-breaker over Houston.

National League

Division Champions
  1. Chicago has clinched the NL Central and home-field advantage in the National League.
  2. Washington has clinched the NL East, and will be the #2 or #3 seed.
  3. Los Angeles has clinched the NL West, owns the tie-breaker over Washington, and will be the #2 or #3 seed.
Wild-card
  1. New York owns the tie-breaker over San Francisco.
  2. San Francisco does not own any tiebreaker.
  3. St. Louis owns the tie-breaker over San Francisco.
  4. The New York / St. Louis tie-breaker is not yet settled. The season series is finished, tied at 3-3, so it moves on to the next tie-breaker, intra-division records. The Mets are 38-35 with 3 intra-division games left, the Cardinals are 38-34 with 4 intra-divison games left, so it's still possible for this tie-breaker to tie as well. If the Mets and Cardinals intra-divisional records end up tied, the Cardinals will win the next tie-breaker, intra-league record, with a 36-30 record, vs. the Mets 35-31 record.

 

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American League

AL GR W L W% GB WCGB
TEX 3 94 65 .591 3 2
BOS 4 92 66 .582 1.5 NC 4
CLE 4 91 67 .575 2.5 NC NC
TOR 4 87 71 .550 6.5 NC 4 3 2
BAL 4 86 72 .544 7.5 NC 4 3
DET 4 85 73 .538 8.5 1 NC NC 4 2 2
SEA 4 84 74 .531 9.5 2 NC NC NC 3 3 2
HOU 3 83 76 .522 11 3.5 NC NC NC 4 3
NYY 4 82 76 .519 11.5 4 NC NC NC 5 4
KC 4 81 77 .512 12.5 5 NC NC NC NC
CWS 4 77 81 .487 16.5 9 NC
LAA 3 72 87 .452 22 14.5
OAK 4 67 91 .424 26.5 19 3
TB 4 65 93 .411 28.5 21 NC
MIN 4 56 102 .354 37.5 30

National League

NL GR W L W% GB WCGB
CHC 4 101 57 .639
WSH 3 93 66 .584 8.5 2
LAD 4 90 68 .569 11 NC
NYM 3 85 74 .534 16.5 3 2
SF 4 83 75 .525 18 NC 4
STL 4 82 76 .519 19 1 NC NC
MIA 4 78 80 .493 23 5 NC 5
PIT 4 78 80 .493 23 5 NC 5
COL 4 74 84 .468 27 9 NC NC
MIL 3 71 88 .446 30.5 12.5 NC 4 2
PHI 4 70 88 .443 31 13 NC 5 3 2
SD 4 68 90 .430 33 15 NC NC 4 2 3
CIN 4 67 91 .424 34 16 NC NC NC 3 4
ARI 3 66 93 .415 35.5 17.5 NC NC NC
ATL 5 65 92 .414 35.5 17.5 NC NC NC 5

Two-way tie for the division or wildcard

  1. A one game tie-breaker is played between the two teams, winner take all.

Two-way tie 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-way tie for the division or wildcard

  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.

Tiebreaking prodecures from MLB.com

Updated: September 29, 2016 9:00pm ET