Magic Number Is Six
The Phillies have some unusual logistics to consider this week.
The magic number to clinch their fifth consecutive National League East title is six. It is not impossible, but unlikely the Phils clinch the division in Houston because it would require them to sweep the Astros at Minute Maid Park and the Marlins to sweep the Braves at Turner Field.
It is a little more likely the Phillies clinch Thursday, when they play a doubleheader against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.
So what happens if the Phils clinch with a victory in Game 1 Thursday? Would they break out the champagne and beer with a game to play just a couple hours later?
The club has made no decisions, but it seems unlikely it would celebrate in between games. Instead, the Phils likely would wait until after Game 2. It would not be ideal, but there are worse things than having to wait a few hours to celebrate a division title.
The Phillies’ magic number to clinch a postseason berth remains two. The magic number to clinch home-field advantage throughout the postseason is seven.