On Thursday, the Yankees faced the Blue Jays as the American League wild-card race heats up. After the game, fans wanted to know what the New York Yankees magic number is today?
Yankees take step closer to postseason
Four teams remained alive in the American League wild-card race heading into the action on Thursday night.
The Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners, and Blue Jays are all vying for two spots.
On Thursday, the Yankees faced the Blue Jays, and the Red Sox finished up with the Orioles.
And they did just that, taking a step toward the postseason with a 6-2 win over Toronto.
The Yankees would ensure they would enter their final series with at least a one-game advantage for the top wild card spot.
What is the Yankees magic number?
The Yankees won thanks to four homers off AL Cy Young candidate Robbie Ray – and five overall.
That victory, combined with the Red Sox’s loss, means the Yankees have now extended their lead to two games with three contests.
The Yankees magic number today is now two.
What is a magic number in baseball?
In baseball, a magic number is used to determine how close a team is to making the playoffs or winning the division.
As Fansided write: “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.
‘The formula looks like this:
163 – (Division leader wins + Division runner-up losses)’
The Yankees win therefore puts them two up on the Red Sox and Mariners for the top wild card spot.
It means they’re pretty close now to clinching a playoff spot.