With October creeping closer, it's time to take stock of the MLB playoff races and see which teams are closest to finally clinching a spot in the postseason. A magic number represents the amount of wins a club needs and losses by its closest rivals in order to reach the postseason. Here are the biggest contenders' magic numbers:
Yankees Magic Number
The Yankees' magic number both to clinch a playoff spot or to clinch the AL East division is 13. Late-game heroics like that supplied by Mike Ford have kept the team rolling.
Rays Magic Number
The Tampa Bay Rays' magic number for clinching one of the two AL Wild Card spots is 23, while their elimination number -- the minimum number of games it would take to eliminate them from divisional contention -- is 13.
Twins Magic Number
Rocco Baldelli's group's magic number to win the AL Central or any playoff spot is 18, though they will face stern competition from the Cleveland Indians.
Indians Magic Number
The magic number for clinching a Wild Card spot for Francisco Lindor and the Indians is 26, while their elimination number in the AL Central is 18.
Astros Magic Number
The Astros and their dominant pitching staff have a magic number of 15 to clinch the AL West or any playoff spot.
A's Magic Number
Oakland's magic number to clinch a Wild Card spot is 26. Their magic number for being eliminated in the AL West race is 16.
Braves Magic Number
Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuña, and the Atlanta Braves' magic number to put away the NL East or take any playoff spot is 18.
Nationals Magic Number
Potential NL MVP candidate Anthony Rendon and the Nationals' magic number both for clinching one of two Wild Card spots is 18. Their elimination number in the NL East is 20.
Phillies Magic Number
The elimination number for Bryce Harper and the Phillies to win the NL East is 12, while their elimination number for a Wild Card spot is 23.
Cardinals Magic Number
The magic number for the Redbirds to take the NL Central is 22, while Paul Goldschmidt and Co. have a magic number of 20 to clinch any playoff spot.
Cubs Magic Number
While Chicago's number for elimination in the NL Central is 22, their magic number to clinch a a Wild Card playoff spot is 23.
Dodgers Magic Number
The Dodgers have the easiest path towards clinching, as their magic number to win the NL West is down to just 5.