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Softbank Hawks first team to get a magic number this season

by on Sep.17, 2011 @ 8:24 pm, under NPB

The Hawks didn't win their game against the Nippon Ham Fighters today (the game ended in a 1-1 tie), but they didn't need it in order to become the first team in the NPB to get a magic number this season.

The calculation:

The Hawk's magic number is 17.

The Hawks have 22 games remaining with 5 against the Fighters.  If the Hawks lose all 5 games against the Fighters but win the remaining 17, they'll finish 89-46-9 for a .659 winning percentage.

The Fighters have 25 game remaining.  Even if they win every game, they'll only finish 91-48-5 for a winning percentage of .654.

The Hawks are also just 4 victories away from clinching a spot in Climax Series.