MLB standings: Updated magic numbers, playoff picture as of Sept. 22

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It's magic number season, folks.

With the MLB season winding down, two-thirds of the 30 teams have been ousted from their respective division races. The wild-card picture, meanwhile, is still developing.

As we march toward October, here are the latest MLB magic numbers and MLB standings.

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Last updated: Sept. 22.

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MLB standings: Magic numbers, playoff picture for 2019

AL East

First-place team: Yankees. Clinched division.

Magic number to elimination in division:

2. Rays (Eliminated.)
3. Red Sox (Eliminated.)
4. Blue Jays (Eliminated.)
5. Orioles (Eliminated.)


AL Central

First-place team: Twins (To win division: 4. For playoff berth: 4.)

Magic number to elimination:

2. Indians (4)

3. White Sox (Eliminated.)
4. Royals (Eliminated.)
5. Tigers (Eliminated.)

AL West

First-place team: Astros (To win division: 1. Clinched playoff berth.)

Magic number to elimination:

2. Athletics (1)

3. Rangers (Eliminated.)
4. Angels (Eliminated.)
5. Mariners (Eliminated.)

AL wild cards

1. Athletics (5)
2. Rays (7)

NL East

First-place team: Braves. Clinched division.

Magic number to eliminate:

2. Nationals (Eliminated.)
3. Mets (Eliminated.)
4. Phillies (Eliminated.)
5. Marlins (Eliminated.)


NL Central

First-place team: Cardinals (To win division: 5. For playoff berth: 2.)

Magic number to elimination:

2. Brewers (5)
3. Cubs (2)

4. Reds (Eliminated.)
5. Pirates (Eliminated.)

NL West

First-place team: Dodgers. Clinched division.

Magic number to elimination:

2. Diamondbacks (Eliminated.)
3. Giants (Eliminated.)
4. Padres (Eliminated.)
5. Rockies (Eliminated.)


NL wild cards

1. Nationals (5)
2. Brewers (5)

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