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
BOS 97/65 59 38 .608   66 65 65 62 59 58 60 58 56 53 48 49 42 40
CWS 96/66 58 38 .604 .5 67   66 66 63 60 59 61 59 57 54 49 50 43 41
HOU 97/65 58 39 .597 1 [67] [67]   66 63 60 59 61 59 57 54 49 50 43 41
TAM 97/65 58 39 .597 1 [67] [67] 66   63 60 59 61 59 57 54 49 50 43 41
OAK 98/64 56 42 .571 3.5 [69] [69] [68] [68]   62 61 63 61 59 56 51 52 45 43
NYY 95/67 50 45 .526 8 4.5 [75] [75] [74] [74] [71]   67 [69] 67 65 62 57 58 51 49
SEA 97/65 51 46 .525 8 4.5 [74] [74] [73] [73] [70] [67]   [68] 66 64 61 56 57 50 48
TOR 92/70 48 44 .521 8.5 5 [77] [77] [76] [76] [73] 70 69   69 67 64 59 60 53 51
CLE 94/68 48 46 .510 9.5 6 [77] [77] [76] [76] [73] [70] 69 [71]   67 64 59 60 53 51
LAA 95/67 47 48 .494 11 7.5 [78] [78] [77] [77] [74] [71] [70] [72] [70]   65 60 61 54 52
DET 98/64 47 51 .479 12.5 9 [78] [78] [77] [77] [74] [71] [70] [72] [70] [68]   60 61 54 52
MIN 97/65 41 56 .422 18 14.5 [84] [84] [83] [83] [80] [77] [76] [78] [76] [74] [71]   [67] 60 58
KAN 94/68 39 55 .414 18.5 15 [86] [86] [85] [85] [82] [79] [78] [80] [78] [76] [73] 68   62 60
TEX 97/65 35 62 .360 24 20.5 [90] [90] [89] [89] [86] [83] [82] [84] [82] [80] [77] [72] [73]   64
BAL 95/67 31 64 .326 27 23.5 [94] [94] [93] [93] [90] [87] [86] [88] [86] [84] [81] [76] [77] [70]  

National League

NL GP/R W L W% GB WCGB
SFO 96/66 61 35 .635   63 61 60 59 55 54 54 54 52 52 48 46 42 34
LAD 98/64 59 39 .602 3 [69]   63 62 61 57 56 56 56 54 54 50 48 44 36
MIL 97/65 56 41 .577 5.5 [72] [68]   65 64 60 59 59 59 57 57 53 51 47 39
SDG 99/63 57 42 .575 5.5 [71] [67] [65]   63 59 58 58 58 56 56 52 50 46 38
NYM 93/69 50 43 .537 9.5 [78] [74] [72] [71]   66 65 65 65 63 63 59 57 53 45
CIN 96/66 49 47 .510 12 2.5 [79] [75] [73] [72] [71]   66 66 66 64 64 60 58 54 46
STL 97/65 49 48 .505 12.5 3 [79] [75] [73] [72] [71] [67]   66 66 64 64 60 58 54 46
ATL 95/67 47 48 .494 13.5 4 [81] [77] [75] [74] [73] [69] 68   68 66 66 62 60 56 48
PHI 95/67 47 48 .494 13.5 4 [81] [77] [75] [74] [73] [69] 68 68   66 66 62 60 56 48
CHC 97/65 47 50 .484 14.5 5 [81] [77] [75] [74] [73] [69] [68] [68] [68]   66 62 60 56 48
WAS 95/67 45 50 .473 15.5 6 [83] [79] [77] [76] [75] [71] [70] [70] [70] 68   64 62 58 50
COL 96/66 42 54 .437 19 9.5 [86] [82] [80] [79] [78] [74] [73] [73] [73] [71] [71]   65 61 53
MIA 97/65 41 56 .422 20.5 11 [87] [83] [81] [80] [79] [75] [74] [74] [74] [72] [72] [68]   62 54
PIT 96/66 36 60 .375 25 15.5 [92] [88] [86] [85] [84] [80] [79] [79] [79] [77] [77] [73] [71]   59
ARI 98/64 30 68 .306 32 22.5 [98] [94] [92] [91] [90] [86] [85] [85] [85] [83] [83] [79] [77] [73]  

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: July 23, 2021 5:00pm ET