The Boston Red Sox are nearing a playoff berth, and could very well host the American League Wild Card Game.
The Sox and their yellow jerseys field a strong team down the stretch. With Chris Sale coming back successfully from Tommy John, and Nathan Eovaldi pitching well enough to potentially start the Wild Card Game, Boston should scare just about any team they go up against.
Still, the Red Sox cannot officially clinch a playoff spot until their magic number is reached. But, what is a magic number? And how long do Red Sox fans have before they have something to celebrate?
Red Sox magic number: 6
Our own Aryanna Prasad sums up the magic number formula quite well:
"“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 Red Sox are subtracted, as are the losses of the secondary team.The formula looks like this:163 – (Division leader wins + Division runner-up losses)”"
The Red Sox magic number is currently six over the Toronto Blue Jays, and eight for the New York Yankees. That means, as things currently stand, their magic number to clinch the top Wild Card spot is eight, and a playoff spot in general is six.
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