Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nothing. Null.
Whatever you want to call it, that’s the Royals magic number. That’s right, with a 10-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium and the Twins’ 6-3 loss to the Indians, the Royals won the American League Central Division title.
Now, we all know that the next target is home-field advantage through the playoffs. For the record, the Royals’ magic number for that is nine. But for now let’s just enjoy the Royals’ division championship.
But if you must look ahead...
You know what a magic number is, right? It’s the number of wins needed by the Royals to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Or the number of losses by the second-place team in the league (in this case, the Toronto Blue Jays), which would allow the Royals to have home-field advantage.
Or it’s a combination of the two.
Whenever that reaches zero, the Royals will have home-field advantage through the World Series.