Here’s the Cubs’ magic number, current playoff seeding – NBC Sports Chicago


The Chicago Cubs aren’t playing on Monday, but that didn’t stop them from making a little progress in their quest for a wild card spot.

One of the teams the Cubs were chasing was in bad shape, as the Arizona Diamondbacks blew a lead against the New York Yankees and lost 6–4 in their series finale in the Bronx.

As a result, the Diamondbacks now have the same record as the Cubs, and are one game ahead of the Miami Marlins in the playoff race.

Here are the wild card standings:

Phillies: 87-69

Diamondbacks: 82-74

Cubs: 82-74

Marlins: 81-75 (1GB)

Red: 80-77 (2.5GB)

Padres: 77-79 (5 GB)

Giants: 77-79 (5 GB)

What is the Cubs’ magic number?

Both the Cubs and Marlins are inactive on Monday, meaning the team’s magic number will remain at six for at least one more day.

The Cubs’ six combined wins and the Marlins’ loss would send Chicago to the postseason for the first time since 2020.

Another thing worth noting: if the Cubs were to finish in a three-way tie with the Diamondbacks and Marlins, they would miss the playoffs, as they lost the season series to both clubs.

what is next:

The Cubs will conclude the season with a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers.

The Diamondbacks will face the Chicago White Sox in a three-game series starting Tuesday, then go home for a three-game series against the Houston Astros to conclude the regular season.

The Marlins will face the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game series beginning Tuesday night.

Finally, the Reds will face the Cleveland Guardians in a two-game series starting on Tuesday, then the Cardinals in a three-game series to conclude the season starting on Friday.

The Padres and Giants will face off in a three-game series starting on Monday, with both teams having only two eliminations in the wild card race. Should they still be in the race heading into the final weekend of the season, the Padres will be in Chicago to play the White Sox, while the Giants will be at home to play the Dodgers.

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