To win the AL West: 29. To lose the AL West: 20
The magic number formula is simply 163 - Oakland wins - opponent's losses. The tragic number formula for Oakland calculates the magic numbers for the other teams in relation to the Athletics: 163 - opponent's wins - Oakland losses.
Any tie atop the West must be broken by an additional game. In the division, every team plays the other 19 times, and first to ten resolves who holds home field in the event of a tiebreaker game.
- Oakland vs. Los Angeles Angels: Tied 8-8. A's need to take 2 out of 3 in the final series at the Coliseum to win this tiebreaker.
- Oakland vs. Seattle Mariners: Seattle leads 7-9. A's need to sweep the last series in Seattle to win this tiebreaker.
In case of a three-team tie atop the AL West, we ask if any club has won both season series against the other two (left column first, then top row:
None of these season series has resolved, though Seattle leads both the Angels and the Mariners at the moment. If no team ends up having a better record than the other two, however, than we would look to the combined records of the clubs between each other, in a sort of mini-38 game season, to determine who has first choice in a three-team tiebreaker.
To reach the postseason: 21
The A's are sitting in the first wild card position, leading Detroit by three games and Seattle by 3.5. The head-to-head records will be important to determine home field advantage in the Wild Card game in the event of a tie atop the Wild Card, or home field in the event of a tiebreaker game involving the second Wild Card. The magic number calculates A's wins and opponent losses needed for a better record than the listed team, though a tiebreaker may mean that a tie record would be sufficient.
|OAK wins||Opp. Losses||
|DET||79||63||21||2-5||M# for home field in the AL Wild Card|
|SEA||79||63||21||7-9||M# for the second Wild Card (3 to play HTH)|
|CWS||79||75||9||2-1||3 to play HTH|
|HOU||79||79||5||10-6||3 to play HTH|
|TEX||79||86||Elim.||7-5||7 to play HTH|
Games to watch
|4:05 PM||Tigers||at||Indians||AL Wild Card M# = 21|
|5:10 PM||Angels||at||Twins||AL West M# = 29|
|5:05 PM||Mariners||at||Rangers||AL Wild Card M# = 21|