A team’s magic number represents the combination of wins needed by that team and losses by its closest competitor to clinch a given goal. Every time a team wins, its magic number decreases by one.
How Is It Computed? The short method: Take the number of games yet to be played, add one, then subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent. Before the season starts, every team has a magic number of 163.
The SF Giants have a magic number of three with four games left to play in the regular season.
Their magic number to clinch the division and return to the playoffs stands at two. The White Sox entered Tuesday with a chance to clinch the division but fell to the Detroit Tigers. The Cleveland Indians also won their game Tuesday, keeping the Sox’ magic number at two.
Three is the smallest number we need to create a pattern, the perfect combination of brevity and rhythm. It’s a principle captured neatly in the Latin phrase omne trium perfectum: everything that comes in threes is perfect, or, every set of three is complete.
Brewers Magic Number (@BrewersMagicNum) / Twitter. A team’s Magic Number is determined by adding the leading team’s number of wins to the trailing team’s number of losses. Subtract that total from 163.
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Teams other than the front-running team have what is called an elimination number (or “tragic number”) (often abbreviated E#). This number represents the number of wins by the leading team or losses by the trailing team which will eliminate the trailing team.
Magic nuclei are those having the precise number of protons or neutrons required to fill a spherical set of related orbitals called a ‘shell’. Nuclei with magic neutron or proton numbers are characterized by a stronger binding, greater stability, and, therefore, are more abundant in nature.
The reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers are favored to take the title again in 2021 with +325 odds, according to PointsBet.
What happens if there’s a tie? If the Giants and Dodgers are tied atop the NL West after 162 games, they would play a one-game tiebreaker on Monday, Oct. 4, to determine the winner of the division. Home-field advantage would go to San Francisco, by virtue of the Giants’ 10-9 record in the head-to-head season series.
New York Yankees magic number: 3 “The magic number is calculated by taking an entire season of games, then adding one for a total of 163. Then, the wins of the Yankees are subtracted, as are the losses of the secondary team. So, there ya have it.
With five games remaining, the Yankees’ magic number to clinch a playoff berth is three.