What is the Yankees’ Magic Number for the Wild Card?

With the Yankees’ win over the Red Sox on Tuesday night, they reduced their magic number for clinching a wild card berth to four.
What is the Yankees’ magic number for the wild card?
The Yankees’ magic number for the wild card is four.

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The Yankees’ current position in the standings

The Yankees are currently in second place in the American League East, 7.5 games behind the first place Rays. They are also in possession of the first Wild Card spot, 4.5 games ahead of the Indians who sit in the second Wild Card spot. The Yankees’ magic number for clinching a Wild Card spot is 14.

The number of games remaining in the season

The Yankees’ magic number for the Wild Card is the number of games they need to win in order to clinch a playoff spot.

As of September 22, 2019, the Yankees have a record of 92-61. The Minnesota Twins have a record of 90-63. The Los Angeles Angels have a record of 89-64.

The Wild Card race is tight, but the Yankees currently hold the lead. Their magic number is any combination of Yankee wins and Twins losses totaling 3.

In other words, if the Yankees win 3 more games, or if the Twins lose 3 more games, the Yankees will clinch a spot in the Wild Card game.

The Yankees have 12 games remaining in the regular season. The Twins have 11 games remaining. The Angels have 10 games remaining.

It’s going to be a close race to the finish, but the Yankees are in control of their own destiny.

The number of games the Yankees would need to win to clinch the Wild Card

The “magic number” refers to the number of games a team must win to clinch a playoff berth. In the case of the Yankees, their magic number for the wild card is currently 5. This means that if the Yankees win 5 games, or if any combination of 5 Yankees wins and losses by the teams ahead of them in the standings (currently the Oakland A’s and Tampa Bay Rays) occurs, the Yankees will clinch a spot in the Wild Card game.

The number of games the Yankees’ opponents would need to lose to clinch the Wild Card

As of September 22, 2016, the New York Yankees’ magic number for clinching the American League Wild Card is four. This means that if the Yankees win four more games, or if their opponents lose four more games, the Yankees will clinch a spot in the Wild Card game.

The scenarios in which the Yankees could clinch the Wild Card

The Yankees entered play on Wednesday with a four-game lead over the Rays for the first American League Wild Card spot. They also own a five-game lead over the Twins, who are in second place in the AL Central, and a six-game lead over the Indians, who are in third place in the AL Central.

The magic number is calculated by subtracting a team’s total losses from that of its closest rival. So, for the Yankees, their magic number to clinch the first Wild Card spot is four. That means any combination of Yankees wins and Rays losses totaling four would give New York sole possession of the top Wild Card spot.

The Yankees could also clinch home field advantage for the Wild Card Game if they win their remaining four games and the Twins lose their remaining five games.

The scenarios in which the Yankees’ opponents could clinch the Wild Card

The scenarios in which the Yankees’ opponents could clinch the Wild Card are as follows:

1) If the Yankees lose to the Blue Jays on Tuesday and Wednesday AND the Orioles lose to the Red Sox on Tuesday AND the Tigers lose to the White Sox on Tuesday, then the Orioles would clinch the Wild Card.

2) If the Yankees lose to the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday AND the Orioles lose to the Red Sox on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, then the Orioles would clinch the Wild Card.

3) If the Yankees lose to the Blue Jays on Tuesday and Wednesday AND theRed Sox sweep the Orioles in their four-game series OR if the Yankees lose tothe Blue Jays on Wednesday AND Thursday AND Friday AND Saturday, thenORIOLES WOULD CLINCH THE WILD CARD.

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