MLB wild card standings for 2014 have the Seattle Mariners in the second slot as the All-Star break begins. The updated wild card standings also give the Seattle Mariners a magic number when it comes to qualifying for the MLB postseason. According to the updated standings from Monday morning (July 14), the Mariners are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays for the final playoff spot in the American League. They are also 3 1/2 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.
Currently the Oakland Athletics have the best record in the AL at 59-36 and the second place Los Angeles Angels are right behind at 57-37. Those are the two teams that the Mariners trail for the West title and the first wild card slot. As coincidence would have it, if the postseason were to begin today, the Mariners would play the Angels in the wild card game, with the winner advancing to play the Athletics in the second round.
The other two teams leading their divisions are the 53-38 Detroit Tigers in the Central and the 52-42 Baltimore Orioles in the East. As for the magic number for the Seattle Mariners, it is currently at 65 thanks to how well the team has played in the first half. The team has won 5-of-7 games against the Royals, but hasn't gone up against the Blue Jays this season. In an odd scheduling quirk, the league has the teams meeting only in the second half of the season.
The magic number basically means the number of wins that the Mariners need combined with the number of losses that the Blue Jays or Royals accrue. It basically also dictates that the Mariners hold their own destiny at this point of the season. It seems pretty clear in the 2014 MLB wild card standings that the Angels and Athletics will be battling for both the division title as well as that first wild card slot. The Mariners could still catch up to them, but a 6 1/2 games lead is a tough one to overcome.
In another scheduling coincidence, the Mariners and Angels face off immediately after the All-Star break, with Hisashi Iwakuma taking the mound on July 18 and Felix Hernandez taking his turn on July 19. It's a huge opportunity to make up a lot of ground with a potential sweep on the road. It will also be a series that could bring one team much closer to the division-leading Athletics.