Rangers' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 15

Rangers' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 15

Rangers' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 15
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers, behind the brilliant pitching of Yu Darvish, knocked another off their magic number with a 9-3 victory over the Mariners at the Ballpark in Arlington on Friday.

That left the magic number at 16 after the A's topped the Orioles on the West Coast.

But the Rangers don't have to worry about what's happening on the out-of-town scoreboard as long as they keep taking care of business in Arlington. The Rangers are 12-1-1 in their last 14 series, and Scott Feldman pitches against the Mariners on Saturday night with a sellout crowd expected at the Ballpark.

"We have been down this road before," infielder Michael Young said. "We know what it takes. We just make sure we focus on the game at hand. All the teams in our division are playing well."

Today's key games to watch (all times ET)

Mariners (Vargas, 14-10) at Rangers (Feldman, 6-11), 8:05 p.m. ET Preview >

Orioles (Britton, 5-2) at A's (Parker, 10-8), 9:05 p.m. ET Preview >

Angels (Greinke, 14-5) at Royals (Guthrie, 7-12), 7:10 p.m. ET Preview >

If the postseason started today ...

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Wild Card: Second Wild Card at First Wild Card
Division Series: Second-best AL record vs. Third-best AL record | Best AL record at Wild Card winner

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Wild Card: Second Wild Card at First Wild Card
Division Series: Second-best NL record vs. Third-best NL record | Best NL record at Wild Card winner

Postseason Bracket »

Postseason 101

Magic numbers
To calculate a team's magic number, take the number of games it has remaining and add one. Then subtract the difference in the number of losses between that team and its closest pursuer.

Tiebreaker scenarios
A tiebreaker game will be played to determine a division winner, even if the tied clubs are assured of participating in the postseason. If a division championship tiebreaker is necessary, the head-to-head record between the clubs will determine home-field advantage. If the head-to-head record is tied, then the division record will be the next tiebreaker.

If two clubs are tied for the two Wild Card berths, home-field advantage will be determined by the head-to-head record between the clubs. If the head-to-head record is tied, then the division record will be the next tiebreaker.

Tiebreaker rules »

2012 postseason schedule
Wild Card playoff games: Oct. 5
Division Series: Oct. 6-12
AL Championship Series: Oct. 13-21
NL Championship Series: Oct. 14-22
World Series: Oct. 24-Nov. 1

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.