MLB magic numbers, schedules (9/2/19) | Yankees, Astros, Dodgers closing on division titles; Phillies, Brewers gaining ground in NL Wild Card chase

 nj.com  09/02/2019 10:25:00   Randy Miller | rmiller@njadvancemedia.com

NEW YORK  The calendar has changed to September, so its time to start looking more closely at the pennant bases.

For the Yankees, itll be time to cruise their way to the finish line to a first division championship in seven years and battle the Houston Astros for home-field advantage throughout the American League playoffs.

Here are the magic numbers for contenders to clinch division titles and how the Wild Card Cards are shaping up through play on Sunday, Sept. 1:

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

NEW YORK YANKEES (90-48)

Standings: 1st in American League East, lead second-place Rays by 10 games.

Magic number to clinch AL East: 15.

Magic number to clinch playoffs: 15.

Games remaining: 24 (9 home, 15 road).

Yankees schedule:

Sept. 2-4: vs. Texas Rangers (3)

Sept. 6-9: at Boston Red Sox (4)

Sept. 10-12: at Detroit Tigers (3)

Sept. 13-15: at Toronto Blue Jays (3)

Sept. 17-19: vs. Los Angeles Angels (3)

Sept. 20-22: vs. Toronto Blue Jays (3)

Sept. 24-25: at Tampa Bay Rays (2)

Sept. 27-29: at Texas Rangers (3)

* * *

TAMPA BAY RAYS (80-58)

Standings: Second in American League East, trail first-place Yankees by 10 games. First in AL Wild Card standings, lead second-place Indians by half game and third-place Athletics by 1 game.

Magic number for elimination in AL East: 15.

Magic number to clinch AL Wild Card: 25.

Games remaining: 24 (13 home, 11 road)

Rays schedule:

Sept. 2-4: vs. Baltimore Orioles (3)

Sept. 5-8: vs. Toronto Blue Jays (4)

Sept. 10-12: at Texas Rangers (3)

Sept. 13-15: at Los Angeles Angels (3)

Sept. 17-18: at Los Angeles Dodgers (2)

Sept. 20-23: vs. Boston Red Sox (4)

Sept. 24-25: vs. New York Yankees (2)

Sept. 27-29: at Toronto Blue Jays (3)

* * *

BOSTON RED SOX (74-63)

Standings: Third in American League East, trail first-place Yankees by 15.5 games. Fourth in AL Wild Card standings, trail Indians by 5 games for second spot.

Magic number for elimination in AL East: 10.

Magic number for elimination in AL Wild Card: 21.

Games remaining: 25 (13 home, 12 road).

Red Sox schedule:

Sept. 3-5: vs. Minnesota Twins (3)

Sept. 6-9: vs. New York Yankees (4)

Sept. 10-12: at Toronto Blue Jays (3)

Sept. 14-15: at Philadelphia Phillies (2)

Sept. 17-19: San Francisco Giants (3)

Sept. 20-23: at Tampa Bay Rays (4)

Sept. 24-26: at Texas Rangers (3)

Sept. 27-29: vs. Baltimore Orioles (3)

* * *

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

MINNESOTA TWINS (84-52)

Standings: First in American League Central, lead second-place Indians by 5.5 games.

Magic number to clinch AL Central: 21.

Magic number to clinch playoffs: 21.

Games remaining: 26 (13 home, 13 road).

Twins schedule:

Sept. 2: at Detroit Tigers (1)

Sept. 3-5: at Boston Red Sox (3)

Sept. 6-8: vs. Cleveland Indians (3)

Sept. 10-12: vs. Washington Nationals (3)

Sept. 13-15: at Cleveland Indians (3)

Sept. 16-18: vs. Chicago White Sox (3)

Sept. 19-22: vs. Kansas City Royals (4)

Sept. 24-26: at Detroit Tigers (3)

Sept. 27-29: at Kansas City Royals (3)

* * *

CLEVELAND INDIANS (79-58)

Standings: Second in American League Central, trail first-place Twins by 5.5 games. Second in AL Wild Card standings, lead third-place Athletics by half game.

Magic number for elimination in AL Central: 21.

Magic number to clinch AL Wild Card: 26.

Games remaining: 25 (13 home, 12 road).

Indians schedule:

Sept. 2-5: vs. Chicago White Sox (4)

Sept. 6-8: at Minnesota Twins (3)

Sept. 9-11: at Los Angeles Angels (3)

Sept. 13-15: vs. Minnesota Twins (3)

Sept. 17-19: vs. Detroit Tigers (3)

Sept. 20-22: vs. Philadelphia Phillies (3)

Sept. 24-26: at Chicago White Sox (3)

Sept. 27-29: at Washington Nationals (3)

* * *

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

HOUSTON ASTROS (89-49)

Standings: First in American League West, lead second-place Athletics by 10 games.

Magic number to clinch AL West: 16.

Magic number to clinch playoffs: 16.

Games remaining: 24 (13 home, 11 road).

Astros schedule:

Sept. 2-3: at Milwaukee Brewers (2)

Sept. 5-8: vs. Seattle Mariners (4)

Sept. 9-12: vs. Oakland Athletics (4)

Sept. 13-15: at Kansas City Royals (3)

Sept. 17-18: vs. Texas Rangers (2)

Sept. 20-22: vs. Los Angeles Angels (3)

Sept. 24-25: at Seattle Mariners (2)

Sept. 26-29: at Los Angeles Angels (4)

* * *

OAKLAND ATHLETICS (78-58)

Standings: Second in American League West, trail first-place Astros by 10 games. Third in AL Wild Card standings, trail second-place Indians by half game.

Magic number for elimination in AL West: 16.

Magic number to clinch AL Wild Card: 26.

Games remaining: 26 (13 home, 13 road).

Athletics schedule:

Sept. 3-5: vs. Los Angeles Angels (3)

Sept. 6-8: vs. Detroit Tigers (4)

Sept. 9-12: at Houston Astros (4)

Sept. 13-15: at Texas Rangers (3)

Sept. 16-19: vs. Kansas City Royals (3)

Sept. 20-22: vs. Texas Rangers (3)

Sept. 24-25: at Los Angeles Angels (2)

Sept. 26-29: at Seattle Mariners (4)

* * *

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

ATLANTA BRAVES (84-54)

Standings: First in National League East, lead second-place Nationals by 5.5 games.

Magic number to clinch NL East: 21.

Magic number to clinch playoffs: 14.

Games remaining: 24 (12 home, 12 road).

Braves schedule:

Sept. 2-3: vs. Toronto Blue Jays (2)

Sept. 5-8: vs. Washington Nationals (4)

Sept. 9-12: at Philadelphia Phillies (4)

Sept. 13-15: at Washington Nationals (3)

Sept. 17-19: vs. Philadelphia Phillies (3)

Sept. 20-22: vs. San Francisco Giants (3)

Sept. 24-25: at Kansas City Royals (2)

Sept. 27-29: at New York Mets (3)

* * *

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (77-58)

Standings: Second in Nationals League East, trail first-place Braves by 5.5 games. First in NL Wild Card standings, lead second-place Cubs by 4.5 games and third-place Phillies by 7 games.

Magic number for elimination in NL East: 21.

Magic number to clinch NL Wild Card: 21.

Games remaining: 27 (14 home, 13 road).

Nationals schedule:

Sept. 2-4: vs. New York Mets (3)

Sept. 5-8: at Atlanta Braves (4)

Sept. 10-12: at Minnesota Twins (3)

Sept. 13-15: vs. Atlanta Braves (3)

Sept. 16-18: at St. Louis Cardinals (3)

Sept. 20-22: at Miami Marlins (3)

Sept. 23-26: vs. Philadelphia Phillies (5)

Sept. 27-29: vs. Cleveland Indians (3)

* * *

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (70-65)

Standings: Third in National League East, trail first-place Braves by 12.5 games. Third in NL Wild Card standings, trail Cubs by 2.5 games for second spot.

Magic number for elimination in NL East: 14.

Magic number for elimination in NL Wild Card: 25.

Games remaining: 27 (9 home, 18 road).

Phillies schedule:

Sept. 2-5: at Cincinnati Reds (4)

Sept. 6-8: at New York Mets (3)

Sept. 9-12: vs. Atlanta Braves (4)

Sept. 14-15: vs. Boston Red Sox (2)

Sept. 17-19: at Atlanta Braves (3)

Sept. 20-22: at Cleveland Indians (3)

Sept. 23-26: at Washington Nationals (5)

Sept. 27-29: vs. Miami Marlins (3)

* * *

NEW YORK METS (69-67)

Standings: Fourth in National League East, trail first-place Braves by 14 games. Sixth in NL Wild Card standings, trail Cubs by 4 games for second spot.

Magic number for elimination in NL East: 12.

Magic number for elimination in NL Wild Card: 23.

Games remaining: 26 (17 home, 9 road).

Mets schedule:

Sept. 2-4: at Washington Nationals (3)

Sept. 6-8: vs. Philadelphia Phillies (3)

Sept. 9-12: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (4)

Sept. 13-15: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (3)

Sept. 16-18: at Colorado Rockies (3)

Sept. 20-22: at Cincinnati Reds (3)

Sept. 23-26: vs. Miami Marlins (4)

Sept. 27-29: vs. Atlanta Braves (3)

* * *

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (76-60)

Standings: First in National League Central, lead second-place Cubs by 3 games.

Magic number to clinch NL Central: 24.

Magic number to clinch playoffs: 22.

Games remaining: 26 (13 home, 13 road).

Cardinals schedule:

Sept. 2-5: vs. San Francisco Giants (4)

Sept. 6-8: at Pittsburgh Pirates (3)

Sept. 10-12: at Colorado Rockies (3)

Sept. 13-15: vs. Milwaukee Brewers (3)

Sept. 16-18: vs. Washington Nationals (3)

Sept. 19-22: at Chicago Cubs (4)

Sept. 23-25: at Arizona Diamondbacks (3)

Sept. 27-29: vs. Chicago Cubs (3)

* * *

CHICAGO CUBS (73-63)

Standings: Second in Nationals League Central, trail first-place Cardinals by 3 games. Second in NL Wild Card standings, lead third-place Phillies by 2.5 games.

Magic number for elimination in NL Central: 24.

Magic number to clinch NL Wild Card: 25.

Games remaining: 26 (12 home, 14 road).

Cubs schedule:

Sept. 2-3: vs. Seattle Mariners (2)

Sept. 5-8: at Milwaukee Brewers (4)

Sept. 9-12: at San Diego Padres (4)

Sept. 13-15: vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (3)

Sept. 16-18: vs. Cincinnati Reds (3)

Sept. 19-22: vs. St. Louis Cardinals (4)

Sept. 24-26: at Pittsburgh Pirates (3)

Sept. 27-29: at St. Louis Cardinals (3)

* * *

MILWAUKEE BREWERS (70-66)

Standings: Third in National League Central, trail first-place Cardinals by 6 games. Fourth in NL Wild Card standings, trail Cubs by 3 games for second spot.

Magic number for elimination in NL Central: 21.

Magic number for elimination in NL Wild Card: 24.

Games remaining: 26 (13 home, 13 road).

Brewers schedule:

Sept. 2-3: vs. Houston Astros (2)

Sept. 5-8: vs. Chicago Cubs (4)

Sept. 9-12: at Miami Marlins (4)

Sept. 13-15: at St. Louis Cardinals (3)

Sept. 16-19: vs. San Diego Padres (4)

Sept. 20-22: vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (3)

Sept. 24-26: at Cincinnati Reds (3)

Sept. 27-29: at Colorado Rockies (3)

* * *

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

LOS ANGELES DODGERS (89-50)

Standings: First in National League West, lead second-place Diamondbacks by 18 games.

Magic number to clinch NL West: 7.

Magic number to clinch playoffs: 7.

Games remaining: 23 (15 home, 8 road).

Dodgers schedule:

Sept. 2-4: vs. Colorado Rockies (3)

Sept. 6-8: vs. San Francisco Giants (3)

Sept. 10-12: at Baltimore Orioles (3)

Sept. 13-15: at New York Mets (3)

Sept. 17-18: vs. Tampa Bay Rays (2)

Sept. 20-22: vs. Colorado Rockies (3)

Sept. 24-25: at San Diego Padres (3)

Sept. 27-29: at San Francisco Giants (3)

* * *

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (70-67)

Standings: Second in Nationals League West, trail first-place Dodgers by 18 games. Fifth in NL Wild Card standings, trail Cubs by 3.5 games for second place.

Magic number for elimination in NL West: 7.

Magic number for elimination in NL Wild Card: 23.

Games remaining: 25 (15 home, 10 road).

Diamondbacks schedule:

Sept. 2-4: vs. San Diego Padres (3)

Sept. 6-8: at Cincinnati Reds (3)

Sept. 9-12: at New York Mets (4)

Sept. 13-15: vs. Cincinnati Reds (3)

Sept. 16-18: vs. Miami Marlins (3)

Sept. 20-22: at San Diego Padres (3)

Sept. 23-25: vs. St. Louis Cardinals (3)

Sept. 27-29: vs. San Diego Padres (3)

* * *

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (66-70)

Standings: Third in National League West, trail first-place Dodgers by 21.5 games. Seventh in NL Wild Card standings, trail Cubs by 7 games for second spot.

Magic number for elimination in NL West: 4.

Magic number for elimination in NL Wild Card: 20.

Games remaining: 26 (13 home, 13 road).

Giants schedule:

Sept. 2-5: at St. Louis Cardinals (4)

Sept. 6-8: at Los Angeles Dodgers (3)

Sept. 9-12: vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (4)

Sept. 13-15: vs. Miami Marlins (3)

Sept. 17-19: at Boston Red Sox (3)

Sept. 20-22: at Atlanta Braves (3)

Sept. 24-26: vs. Colorado Rockies (3)

Sept. 27-29: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (3)

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