KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals' magic number to clinch a postseason berth with a wild card spot is down to 0. That means the Royals' 29-year postseason drought is over!
As far as the American League Central goes, Kansas City is 1 game back and its magic number to clinch the AL Central is now at 4 with its 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox Friday night. Detroit's magic number to win the Central is still at 2 after losing to the Minnesota Twins 11-4 on Friday night. If the Royals win the last two games in Chicago and the Tigers lose both games to the Twins, the Royals will win the division outright.
If Detroit loses once and Kansas City wins twice, the teams end up tied for the division lead at the end of the season and there will be a one-game playoff at Detroit on Monday. Kansas City will be eliminated from winning the Central with one loss and one Tigers' win. The Tigers have gone 8-9 against the Twins in 2014; the Royals have gone 12-5 against the White Sox this season.
Wild Card Scenarios:
Kansas City leads Oakland by 1 game for the top position in the AL wild card standings. The Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Friday night and have two more games with Texas this weekend. If the Royals win the first position, or Oakland and the Royals were to finish the season tied, Kansas City would host the wild card game at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, September 30. The Royals only need to win once over the weekend to host the wild card game, but if KC loses twice and Oakland wins twice, the wild card game will be played in Oakland.
Seattle beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Friday night, and must win both remaining games against the Angels and have Oakland lose both of its remaining games to force a tie-breaker for the second wild card position. If the Mariners win that tie-breaker, there is no scenario where the Royals would travel to Seattle to play the wild card game. If Seattle earns the second wild spot, the wild card game will be played at Kauffman Stadium.