Kansas City Royals First-Place Clinch Scenario Kansas City's traditional magic number (relative to first-place Cleveland) is 67 + 50 - 63 + 1 = 55. Kansas City's first-place clinch number is 48. Kansas City must win 48 more games (111 total) to clinch first place. If Kansas City wins 48 more games, their final win total will be at least 111. The table below shows the best case scenario for each of the other teams if Kansas City wins all 48 of their remaining games. 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 Kansas City' column gives the minimum number of games that each team will lose to Kansas City if Kansas City wins 48 more games. Assuming that a team wins all of its remaining games except for the games it loses to KansasCity, the resulting maximum number of wins is shown in the 'Maximum W' column. Team W L GL Losses to Kansas City Maximum W Cleveland 67 45 50 7 - 0 = 7 110 Minnesota 63 48 51 6 - 0 = 6 108 Detroit 53 60 49 3 - 0 = 3 99 Chicago 27 88 47 0 74 The table above shows that if Kansas City wins 48 more games (111 total), then they will finish the season in first place in the division. To see that Kansas City's first-place clinch number cannot be less than 48, consider the following scenario in which Kansas City wins 47 more games (110 total) but does not finish in first place: Team W L PCT GB Cleveland 111 51 0.685 0.00 Kansas City 110 52 0.679 1.00 Detroit 79 83 0.488 32.00 Minnesota 78 84 0.481 33.00 Chicago 69 93 0.426 42.00 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 5 wins against Minnesota and 0 losses. Cleveland wins 8 additional games against Minnesota and loses 0. Cleveland wins the series 13 games to 0 Kansas City currently has 4 wins against Cleveland and 2 losses. Kansas City wins 6 additional games against Cleveland and loses 1. Kansas City wins the series 10 games to 3 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 Kansas City currently has 2 wins against Minnesota and 5 losses. Kansas City wins 6 additional games against Minnesota and loses 0. Kansas City wins the series 8 games to 5 Chicago wins 35 games agains teams outside the division and loses 2. Cleveland wins 32 games agains teams outside the division and loses 0. Detroit wins 26 games agains teams outside the division and loses 13. Kansas City wins 32 games agains teams outside the division and loses 0. Minnesota wins 15 games agains teams outside the division and loses 22. Combining the current standings with the wins and losses from the scenario results in the final standings listed above. # Kansas City Royals' magic number # Kansas City's magic number # Royals' magic number # MLB Playoff Race