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Old Sep 13th 2007, 12:03 am
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Question......

Okay, I am "mathmatically challenged".... I understand the whole magic number thing.....

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Determine the number of games yet to be played, add one, then subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent.
What I am wondering, is how many wins on our part and losses on the Brewers part would it take to clinch the division at Wrigley (17-23rd, with the 20th as an off day and tomorrow being the Brewers last day off)? Is it even possible? Keeping in mind, we have a double header on Saturday and another off day on the 24th.
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I think I have figured that if the Brewers lost every game until then, and we won every game until then, we would clinch it on the 23rd, the last home game of the year. But, again, I hate math, and may not have figured it right, and if I have figured it right, that is HIGHLY unrealistic.
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If our magic number were, say 16, any combination of Brewer losses and Cub wins adding up to that would do the trick...as long as there were no other team in contention.
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As of right now the Cubs need to win 18 games to clinch the division, regardless of what the Brewers do. The math doesnt work that great if you are tied in the division because we only have 17 games left.
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yeah there realy isnt a magical number if you are tied... but if we have a game lead we need to win every game that is left... if we only have a 2 game lead than we need to win everything but one... it will get more confusing the bigger the lead is for one team or the other...
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MLB calculates the Elimination Number (Magic Number for the first place team over the second place team) by taking the number of wins for the first place team, adding it to the number of losses for the trailing team, and subtracting that sum from 163.
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