With the combination of the Oakland Athletics resounding victory over the Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals narrowly defeating the Texas Rangers, the Magic Number for the Athletics to clinch the AL West Division slides down to 2.
The Athletics will look to wrap up the division this weekend before the home crowd prior to heading out on the road to take on the LA Angels in a 3 game set starting on Monday.
With only 8 games left to play the Oakland Athletics extended their AL West Division lead to 7.5 games on Friday night. The Athletics trounced the Minnesota Twins 11-0. Bartolo Colon picked up his 17th win of the season lowering his ERA to 2.64. He struck out 8 in 6 innings. Continue reading
The Oakland Athletics defeated the Minnesota Twins on Thursday 8-6 in a back and forth affair. Coco Crisp knocked the deciding blow with a 2 run home run in the bottom of the 8th. Sean Doolittle picks up his 5th win as the Athletics Magic Number shrinks to 4.
Despite a 5-4 loss to the LA Angels this afternoon, the Magic Number for the Oakland Athletics has been reduced to 5. The Athletics received help from the Tampa Bay Rays as they earned a walkoff victory over the Texas Rangers in the 12th inning on Wednesday afternoon.
With the walkoff victory for the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night the Magic Number falls to 6. The Athletics look to reduce that number today against the Los Angeles Angels in the finale of the 3 game set. The Athletics also hope to get help from the Tampa Bay Rays as they play the Texas Rangers tonight in Tampa.
With the series sweep over the Texas Rangers the magic number for the Oakland Athletics is now 8. The Athletics can win the AL West as early as Thursday if they win their next 4 games and the Rangers lose their next 4 games.
With the win over the Minnesota Twins today the magic number for the Oakland Athletics is down to 14.
The magic number is the elimination number for the 2nd place team in the division or wild card race. This means that with any combination of 14 Oakland Athletics wins and/or Texas Rangers losses the Athletics will win the division.