MLB League Standings

2021 Major League Baseball Magic Numbers

Update to how "No Control" numbers are presented

We've previously shown the letters "NC" if a team has no control of their own destiny for a seed. We've had some user feedback that suggested we try showing the number anyway, even if the team needs help to secure that seed.

We'll be testing this out on the MLB & NHL standings pages. You'll now see a teams Magic Number, faded out and surrounded by brackets, when they have no control of their own destiny, but can still achieve a seed with help from the other teams.

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American League

AL GP/R W L W% GB WCGB
HOU 72/90 44 28 .611   90 90 89 89 89 86 83 84 83 81 78 77 73 70
BOS 72/90 43 29 .597 1 [92]   91 90 90 90 87 84 85 84 82 79 78 74 71
CWS 72/90 43 29 .597 1 [92] 91   90 90 90 87 84 85 84 82 79 78 74 71
OAK 74/88 44 30 .594 1 [91] [90] [90]   89 89 86 83 84 83 81 78 77 73 70
TAM 73/89 43 30 .589 1.5 [92] [91] [91] 90   90 87 84 85 84 82 79 78 74 71
CLE 70/92 40 30 .571 3 1.5 [95] [94] [94] 93 93   90 87 88 87 85 82 81 77 74
NYY 71/91 38 33 .535 5.5 4 [97] [96] [96] [95] [95] [95]   89 90 89 87 84 83 79 76
SEA 74/88 38 36 .513 7 5.5 [97] [96] [96] [95] [95] [95] [92]   [90] 89 87 84 83 79 76
TOR 70/92 35 35 .500 8 6.5 [100] [99] [99] [98] [98] [98] [95] 92   92 90 87 86 82 79
LAA 72/90 36 36 .500 8 6.5 [99] [98] [98] [97] [97] [97] [94] 91 [92]   89 86 85 81 78
KAN 70/92 32 38 .457 11 9.5 [103] [102] [102] [101] [101] [101] [98] [95] [96] [95]   90 89 85 82
MIN 72/90 31 41 .430 13 11.5 [104] [103] [103] [102] [102] [102] [99] [96] [97] [96] [94]   90 86 83
DET 72/90 30 42 .416 14 12.5 [105] [104] [104] [103] [103] [103] [100] [97] [98] [97] [95] [92]   87 84
TEX 72/90 26 46 .361 18 16.5 [109] [108] [108] [107] [107] [107] [104] [101] [102] [101] [99] [96] [95]   88
BAL 72/90 23 49 .319 21 19.5 [112] [111] [111] [110] [110] [110] [107] [104] [105] [104] [102] [99] [98] [94]  

National League

NL GP/R W L W% GB WCGB
SFO 72/90 46 26 .638   89 85 87 84 84 81 81 82 80 81 77 74 72 64
LAD 72/90 44 28 .611 2 [93]   87 89 86 86 83 83 84 82 83 79 76 74 66
SDG 75/87 43 32 .573 4.5 [94] [92]   [90] 87 87 84 84 85 83 84 80 77 75 67
NYM 67/95 37 30 .552 6.5 [100] [98] 94   93 93 90 90 91 89 90 86 83 81 73
CHC 73/89 40 33 .547 6.5 [97] [95] [91] [93]   90 87 87 88 86 87 83 80 78 70
MIL 73/89 40 33 .547 6.5 [97] [95] [91] [93] 90   87 87 88 86 87 83 80 78 70
STL 72/90 36 36 .500 10 3.5 [101] [99] [95] [97] [94] [94]   91 [92] 90 91 87 84 82 74
CIN 71/91 35 36 .493 10.5 4 [102] [100] [96] [98] [95] [95] 92   [93] 91 92 88 85 83 75
PHI 69/93 34 35 .492 10.5 4 [103] [101] [97] [99] [96] [96] 93 93   92 93 89 86 84 76
ATL 71/91 34 37 .478 11.5 5 [103] [101] [97] [99] [96] [96] [93] [93] [94]   [93] 89 86 84 76
WAS 69/93 33 36 .478 11.5 5 [104] [102] [98] [100] [97] [97] 94 94 [95] 93   90 87 85 77
MIA 71/91 31 40 .436 14.5 8 [106] [104] [100] [102] [99] [99] [96] [96] [97] [95] [96]   89 87 79
COL 73/89 30 43 .411 16.5 10 [107] [105] [101] [103] [100] [100] [97] [97] [98] [96] [97] [93]   88 80
PIT 70/92 25 45 .357 20 13.5 [112] [110] [106] [108] [105] [105] [102] [102] [103] [101] [102] [98] [95]   85
ARI 74/88 21 53 .283 26 19.5 [116] [114] [110] [112] [109] [109] [106] [106] [107] [105] [106] [102] [99] [97]  

Five teams from each league qualify for the playoffs:

  • The three division winners, who are ranked 1-3 regardless of their records
  • Two wild card teams, who play a single Wild Card game to determine who moves onto the Division round
Clinched division
Clinched wild-card berth
Eliminated from the playoffs

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 procedures from mlb.com

Updated: June 22, 2021 12:00pm ET