The magic number stays put after Sunday night’s loss to the Pirates. It was the Pirates first series win on the road against a Central Division opponent and first series win in St. Louis since 2013.
The Royals are not helping themselves, but the magic number dipped one on Sunday. Despite being swept by the White Sox, the Twins helped out losing their finale to Houston. Starting a three game series tonight with the Twins, if the Royals sweep, it would knock the magic number to single digits.
The magic number is determined by taking 163 and subtracting the number of wins for the Cardinals (or Royals) and subtracting the number of losses for the Pirates (and Twins) respectively.