Mariners' magic number for MLB playoffs: Where Seattle stands in American League

Despite a recent skid, the Mariners are on the verge of clinching their first playoff spot in two decades.

SEATTLE — Near the end of every September, the phrase “magic number” becomes common in the lexicon of baseball fans around the country. 

Teams both in the mix and on the periphery of the Major League Baseball (MLB) carefully examine the standings and calculate just how many wins by their team or losses by competitors it will take to clinch a playoff berth.

The Seattle Mariners have the longest postseason drought in MLB and haven’t had a magic number to worry (or get excited) about

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