Sunday, August 28, 2016


The Cubs lose a rough one to the Dodgers 1-0, but the Cardinals fell to the As 7-4.

The Nats also lost, bringing the home field advantage number to 26!

Photo Credit: Chicago Cubs 

NL Central Standings
Team        W   L    PCT    GB
Cubs       82  46   .641    --
Cards      68  61   .527  14.5
Pirates    67  61   .523  15.0

We are driving towards the division championship (which is what the magic number shows), but for those who like numbers:

Playoff Berth Magic Number


Home Field Advantage Magic Number


How The Number Works

The Chicago Cubs Magic Number is derived by the following equation: Total Number of Games + 1 - Wins by the Cubs - Losses by Best Opponent.

The Magic Number is affected by one of two events, a Cubs win or the best opponent losing. The number is 163 at the beginning of the season. When the number hits 0, the Cubs have clinched the NL Central and are in the PLAYOFFS!

This site represents the Magic Number for clinching the National League Central Division . If the Wild Card becomes relevant for getting into the post season, this site may contain both. In that case, the Wild Card number will clearly be denote.

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This is the year

This is the year
I will watch from just over the rail.