Cleveland Indians First-Place Clinch Scenario Cleveland's traditional magic number (relative to second-place Kansas City) is 63 + 48 - 67 + 1 = 45. Cleveland's first-place clinch number is also 45. Cleveland must win 45 more games (112 total) to clinch first place. If Cleveland wins 45 more games, their final win total will be at least 112. The table below shows the best case scenario for each of the other teams if Cleveland wins 45 of their remaining 50 games and loses the other 5. For each team, the table shows the current record (number of wins (W) and losses (L)) and the number of games that team has left to play (GL) in the regular season. Taking the schedule of games left to play into account, the 'Losses to Cleveland' column gives the minimum number of games that each team will lose to Cleveland if Cleveland wins 45 more games. Assuming that a team wins all of its remaining games except for the games it loses to Cleveland, the resulting maximum number of wins is shown in the 'Maximum W' column. Team W L GL Losses to Cleveland Maximum W Minnesota 63 48 51 8 - 5 = 3 111 Kansas City 63 51 48 7 - 5 = 2 109 Detroit 53 60 49 0 102 Chicago 27 88 47 0 74 The table above shows that if Cleveland wins 45 more games (112 total), then they will finish the season in first place in the division. To see that Cleveland's first-place clinch number cannot be less than 45, consider the following scenario in which Cleveland wins 44 more games (111 total) but does not finish in first place: Team W L PCT GB Minnesota 112 50 0.691 0.00 Cleveland 111 51 0.685 1.00 Kansas City 79 83 0.488 33.00 Detroit 75 87 0.463 37.00 Chicago 67 95 0.414 45.00 To construct the scenario, we start with the current standings in the division: Team W L GL PCT GB Cleveland 67 45 50 0.598 0.0 Minnesota 63 48 51 0.568 3.5 Kansas City 63 51 48 0.553 5.0 Detroit 53 60 49 0.469 14.5 Chicago 27 88 47 0.235 41.5 Next, we show how the remaining series of games in the division play out in the scenario: Cleveland has won the season series with Detroit 7 games to 6. Kansas City has won the season series with Chicago 12 games to 1. Minnesota has won the season series with Chicago 12 games to 1. Minnesota has won the season series with Detroit 7 games to 6. Chicago currently has 1 wins against Detroit and 5 losses. Chicago wins 7 additional games against Detroit and loses 0. Chicago wins the series 8 games to 5 Cleveland currently has 5 wins against Chicago and 5 losses. Cleveland wins 3 additional games against Chicago and loses 0. Cleveland wins the series 8 games to 5 Cleveland currently has 2 wins against Kansas City and 4 losses. Cleveland wins 7 additional games against Kansas City and loses 0. Cleveland wins the series 9 games to 4 Cleveland currently has 5 wins against Minnesota and 0 losses. Cleveland wins 2 additional games against Minnesota and loses 6. Cleveland wins the series 7 games to 6 Kansas City currently has 7 wins against Detroit and 3 losses. Kansas City wins 3 additional games against Detroit and loses 0. Kansas City wins the series 10 games to 3 Minnesota currently has 5 wins against Kansas City and 2 losses. Minnesota wins 6 additional games against Kansas City and loses 0. Minnesota wins the series 11 games to 2 Chicago wins 33 games agains teams outside the division and loses 4. Cleveland wins 32 games agains teams outside the division and loses 0. Detroit wins 22 games agains teams outside the division and loses 17. Kansas City wins 13 games agains teams outside the division and loses 19. Minnesota wins 37 games agains teams outside the division and loses 0. Combining the current standings with the wins and losses from the scenario results in the final standings listed above. # Cleveland Indians' magic number # Cleveland's magic number # Indians' magic number # MLB Playoff Race