While we here at Motor City Bengals, and throughout Detroit Tigers’ fandom, have been consumed with the Tigers’ various magic numbers (standing at 4 for AL Central title and 0 for playoffs after clinching last night), it is a good idea to keep tabs on the only team that can catch the Tigers in the division, the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals magic number to clinch their first playoff berth since 1985 sits at 2. With Seattle losing again to Toronto at the time of this post, if the Mariners lose and the Royals beat the Chicago White Sox in U.S. Cellular Field tonight, they will clinch that elusive postseason spot.
Thanks to the Cleveland Indians withstanding the loss of a 3-0 lead to the Royals yesterday, and preserving their own faint playoff hopes another day, the Tigers now hold a two-game lead in the division.
There are several mathematical possibilities that would allow Kansas City to tie or surpass Detroit. They do have one advantage, having gone 10-5 against Chicago this year while Detroit is just 7-8 against Minnesota.
If the teams tie, Game 163 will be played at Comerica Park on Monday with the loser likely hitting the road for a wildcard game the following day. Let’s stay away from both those scenarios, shall we Tigers?
If the Tigers can hold off the Royals and win their fourth straight division, it will be the first time since 1987 that they have clinched a division title at home.