After quick turnaround games on Monday afternoon for the both the Cardinals and Pirates, it worked out in St. Louis’ favor. Despite losing 9-0 to the Cubs, the number dropped one after the Pirates lost again at Cincinnati, 3-1
The Royals dropped their fourth straight, matching their longest losing streak of the season, losing the series opener to the Twins 6-2. The magic number stays put, whjle the division lead remains strong.
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.