Angels' magic number: 23

Yes, it’s that time of the year when you can calculate how many wins of the first place team combined with the defeats of the second place team equals a division title. The Angels’ magic number stands at 23 after a not-so-simple calculation. Here is the official formula:

Number of games in a season (plus) 1 (minus) wins of first-place team (minus) defeats of second-place team.

In the Angels’ situation as of the end of play Friday, here is the calculation:

162 (plus) 1 (minus) 80 (minus) 60 (equals) 23.

To anybody good at math, I salute you.

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