Friday, September 13, 2013

Magic numbers, 9/13/2013


Thursday's games:
Tampa 4, Boston 3
NY Yankees 6, Baltimore 5
Oakland 8, Minnesota 3
Detroit was idle


If Boston wins 5 of their remaining 14 games (5-9, .357, 94 wins):
Tampa Bay must go 15-2 to tie
NY Yankees must go 15-0 to tie
Baltimore cannot tie

Detroit must go 10-6 to tie
Oakland must go 9-7 to tie

AL East: Any combination of Boston wins and Tampa Bay losses totaling 8 ensures that Boston finishes ahead of Tampa Bay1
Any combination of Boston wins and NY Yankees losses totaling 6 ensures that Boston finishes ahead of NY Yankees1
Any combination of Boston wins and Baltimore losses totaling 5 ensures that Boston finishes ahead of Baltimore

Any combination of Boston wins and Detroit losses totaling 12 ensures that Boston finishes ahead of Detroit
Any combination of Boston wins and Oakland losses totaling 13 ensures that Boston finishes ahead of Oakland



1 - If Boston were to finish in a tie with either NY or Tampa in which the winner took the East and the loser was one of the Wild Card teams, the Red Sox would win the East by virtue of winning the season series between the teams.

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