Originally Posted by DSpivack
If the Tigers magic # is 26 but each team has only 22 games left to play, I'm not sure the point of using that number.
The magic number would have to be greater than twice the number of games remaining for a team to be eliminated, since it is the sum of the teams wins and its opponents losses required to clinch the division. If you are ten games back with ten games remaining, you'd have win ten and they'd have to lose 10, hence a magic number of 20. If it were 21, you would have been eliminated.