MLB Postseason Saturday's Magic Numbers Scenarios Schedule

Only a pair of days left in the regular season

the race for five postseason spots, including the AL West title, is still wide open. Friday saw no teams securing a postseason berth, but many came tantalizingly close. With Saturday’s games in sight, all five remaining spots could potentially be clinched. Here’s the current postseason bracket:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Top Seeds: No. 1 Orioles and No. 2 TBD

Wild Card Round 1: No. 6 TBD at No. 3 Twins

Wild Card Round 2: No. 5 TBD at No. 4 Rays

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Top Seeds: No. 1 Braves and No. 2 Dodgers

Wild Card Round 1: No. 6 TBD at No. 3 Brewers

Wild Card Round 2: No. 5 TBD at No. 4 Phillies

On Saturday, the Astros, Blue Jays, and Rangers all have the opportunity to secure their postseason berths, with Texas also eyeing the AL West title. However, the Mariners, the sole remaining AL team in the postseason race, will have to wait until Sunday for their chance to clinch a spot. On Saturday, their best hope is to tie with Houston for the third wild-card position.

Over in the National League, the Diamondbacks and Marlins are currently leading the charge, well-poised to claim the final two wild-card berths. In contrast, the Cubs and Reds find themselves needing significant assistance to make it into the postseason at this stage. Here’s your comprehensive guide to Saturday’s MLB action and the ongoing postseason battles.

Key Matchups for Saturday

  • Rays vs. Blue Jays (Shawn Armstrong vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu, TOR -120) at 3:07 p.m. ET
  • Marlins vs. Pirates (JT Chargois vs. Quinn Priester, MIA -160) at 6:35 p.m. ET
  • Cubs vs. Brewers (Jordan Wicks vs. Eric Lauer, MIL -120) at 7:20 p.m. ET
  • Reds vs. Cardinals (Connor Phillips vs. Drew Rom, CIN -125) at 7:15 p.m. ET
  • Rangers vs. Mariners (Andrew Heaney vs. Luis Castillo, SEA -140) at 7:15 p.m. ET
  • Astros vs. Diamondbacks (Justin Verlander vs. Merrill Kelly, HOU -115) at 8:20 p.m. ET

Potential Clinching Scenarios for Saturday

  • The Rangers can secure a postseason berth with a victory.
  • The Rangers can clinch the AL West by winning and the Astros losing.
  • The Astros can clinch a postseason berth by winning and the Mariners losing.
  • The Blue Jays can clinch a postseason berth with a victory or if the Mariners lose.
  • The Diamondbacks can clinch a postseason berth with a win or if both the Cubs and Reds lose.
  • The Marlins can clinch a postseason berth with a win or if both the Cubs and Reds lose.

Magic Numbers

  • Rangers’ magic number to secure a postseason berth: 1
  • Blue Jays’ magic number to secure a postseason berth: 1
  • Rangers’ magic number to clinch the AL West: 2
  • Astros’ magic number to secure a postseason berth: 2
  • Diamondbacks’ magic number to secure a postseason berth: 2
  • Marlins’ magic number to secure a postseason berth: 2

Under the new playoff format, MLB has eliminated Game 163 tiebreakers. Any ties in the standings will now be resolved using tiebreaker rules, with the head-to-head record as the initial determining factor.

Reference:

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/2023-mlb-playoffs-magic-numbers-clinching-scenarios-for-saturday-schedule-odds/

https://www.newsbreak.com/news/3175651305468-2023-mlb-playoffs-magic-numbers-clinching-scenarios-for-saturday-schedule-odds

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