What’s the ‘magic number’ for the Atlanta Braves now?


The Braves’ ‘magic number’ is down to six. 

Any combination of Braves victories and Phillies losses that equals the magic number will result in the NL East Division title for the Braves.

The Braves defeated the Cardinals 7-3 Wednesday afternoon. The Phillies beat the Mets 4-0 in a night game. 

The Braves lead the Phillies by 5 1/2 games in the East standings.

Photos from the Braves’ win

Each time the Braves win, that reduces the magic number by one. Each time the Phillies lose, that also reduces the magic number by one. 

To calculate the magic number, take the number of games remaining on the leading team’s schedule, add the number one, and subtract the number of games the first-place team leads by in the loss column.

The Braves (84-68) have 10 games to play. The Phillies (78-73) have 11 games remaining. So take 10, add one and subtract five to get six. 

The Braves and Phillies play each other seven more times this season: Thursday through Sunday at SunTrust Park and Sept. 28-30 in Philadelphia.

The NL playoffs begin with the NL wild-card game on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The division series begin on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Atlanta Braves ‘magic number’ tracker

Sept. 7 - Braves lose. Phillies win. Magic number = 20
Sept. 8 - Braves win. Phillies lose. Magic number = 18
Sept. 9 - Braves win. Phillies lose. Magic number = 16
Sept. 10 - Braves win. Phillies did not play. Magic number = 15
Sept. 11 - Braves win. Phillies swept in doubleheader. Magic number = 12
Sept. 12 - Braves win. Phillies lose. Magic number = 10
Sept. 14 - Braves win. Phillies win. Magic number = 9
Sept. 15 - Braves lose. Phillies win. Magic number = 9
Sept. 16 - Braves lose. Phillies lose. Magic number = 8
Sept. 17 - Braves lose. Phillies lose. Magic number = 7
Sept. 18 - Braves lose. Phillies win. Magic number = 7

Sept. 19 - Braves win. Phillies win. Magic number = 6


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