How to Calculate:
Games Remaining + 1 – (Wins by first place team – Losses by second place team)
About Magic Number:
In baseball, magic number is a term used to describe how many games your favorite team is away from winning the division or wild card. This stat is mostly used late in the season, as division races come to an end.
There are a 162 games in a MLB season suppose the division race looks like the following:
The Braves are three games up on the second place Phillies with 27 games remaining in the season. This would make the Braves magic number 25.