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Braves magic number: What do the Atlanta Braves need to win NL East?

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Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 15: Dansby Swanson #7 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates with Austin Riley #27 after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves are seeking their fourth straight National League East title.

As of right now, the Braves are currently at the top of the NL East standings by 2.0 games over the Philadelphia Phillies and 5.5 games over the New York Mets.

So where does their “magic number” to clinch the division stand?

The Braves avoided a sweep Sunday with a 3-0 shutout over the San Francisco Giants. The Phillies lost to the Mets, 3-2. Those results bring the magic number down to 13.

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Because the Phillies are currently in second place, any combination of Braves victories and Phillies losses that equals the magic number will result in the NL East Division title for the Braves.

To calculate the magic number, take the number of games remaining on the leading team’s schedule, add the number one, and subtract the number of games the first-place team leads by in the loss column.

Each time the Braves win, that reduces the magic number by one. Each time the Phillies lose, that also reduces the magic number by one.

The NL East title could come down to the final week of Atlanta’s season as it plays both Philadelphia and New York. The Braves finish a west coast trip against the Diamondbacks (Sept. 20-23) and Padres (Sept. 24-26).

For the rest of the season, Philadelphia faces the Orioles, Pirates, Braves and Marlins.

Here is how the Braves are chipping away at the magic number.

Atlanta Braves ‘magic number’ tracker

Sept. 14: Braves lose, Phillies lose. Magic number = 15

Sept. 19: Braves win, Phillies lose. Magic number = 13

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