Cubs win! Addy Russell hits a walk-off double in the bottom of the 9th, and the Cubs come back to beat the Nats 3-2. Another strong outing for Hendricks and solo HRs by Fowler & Bryant. Back in action tomorrow vs. Washington at Wrigley.
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 postseason, this site may contain both. In that case, the Wild Card number will clearly be denoted.
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