Matthew Manouli |  Sun 03/09/2017 - 18:43 EDT

Most and Least Favorable MLB Schedules Down the Stretch

Most and Least Favorable MLB Schedules Down the Stretch
There's only a month left until the postseason, but don't think positions are set in stone! Remaining strength of schedule can tell us a ton about which teams will have it easy... and which might falter just enough to lose a playoff spot.

It’s finally here! The final month has come, and with the postseason just a few weeks away, teams are making their end of season surges so they can keep the dream alive come October. Nothing is set in stone, one thing’s for sure: the remaining schedule does favor some teams more than others. Some teams might face weak opponents, some have rivals facing tough competition, or some might have a ton of home games in September. Out of the teams still eligible for the postseason, who’s got it easy and who’s unlucky?

AL Wild Card and the Yankees

So after Friday night’s games, the New York Yankees (71-63), after losing to the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, are still in top shape to take at least one Wild Card spot. Pre-Friday’s match, the average winning rate of their remaining opponents was only .490.

The Minnesota Twins (70-63) are close behind though, but have a slightly tougher remaining schedule, with opponents averaging .492, which is still on the easier side of things. The Angels are on the outside looking in, but facing a tougher schedule at a .517 win rate for opponents, and playing 16 of their 28 games away from home, it looks like the Twins and Yankees are going to hold on, but remaining SOS isn’t the only factor.

The Yankees are also close enough to Boston to take the AL East lead away from them. They’re 5.5 GB, which isn’t a good place to be, but have an easier schedule than their rivals for the rest of the season (.510). They also have the most home games waiting for them out of any contender in the AL, with 17 out of 29 games left in the Bronx, including Friday’s bout. If the rest of this homestand against Boston goes their way, they’ve got an excellent shot of being division leaders.

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Monday 11 September
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays

  Money Line  

NL Wild Card and the Cubs 

The NL East should love September. All five teams in the division have are dealing with a remaining SOS less than .500. Out of contenders, the Marlins are in best shape with a SOS averaging .492, but they’re not in good shape for the Wild Card, sitting at 6 GB. The Washington Nationals are already flying high, and are being rewarded with the easiest remaining SOS in all the majors.

The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks hold the two NL Wild Card spots right now, but the Brewers could creep in. As of September 1, the NL West rivals get to play seven more games against each other, which could be beneficial for a Brewers club with a low .496 average SOS for the last month, and currently only 1.5 GB. St Louis will have a tougher time at 4.0 GB and an even .500 average remaining SOS, with the majority of their games being away from home.

You might have noticed that the Chicago Cubs were favored to win the division well before even leading the NL Central. This was because of their favorable schedule down the stretch. At an average .495 remaining SOS, they’ve currently got the 27th easiest rest of the campaign. With a healthy amount of home games included to boot, look for them to easily win the division, and maybe rest some stars in order to be ready to make another historic postseason run.

MLB - Regular
Tuesday 12 September
New York Mets
Chicago Cubs

New York Mets @ Chicago Cubs

  Money Line  

Who comes out on top?

In the AL, the Yankees have it best with their large number of remaining home games. Their strength of schedule isn’t the easiest, but they can turn things around in this series against Boston. If not, they are still in a prime spot for a Wild Card Spot. The same goes for the Twins, who’s remaining SOS is much easier than the Los Angeles Angels. 

For the NL, the Rockies and D-Backs’ head to heads leaves wins on the table, and the Brewers could take advantage. They aren’t close to being out of it, and with their stellar play the first half of the year, they deserve it. It’s clear that some teams have a much easier road ahead than others, but it’s taking advantage of it that will be the real deciding factor for who’s in/out come October.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 11 September
FT Baltimore Orioles 3 - 4 Toronto Blue Jays -116 +108 Odds
FT Detroit Tigers 0 - 11 Cleveland Indians +355 -385 Odds
FT New York Yankees 5 - 1 Tampa Bay Rays -137 +130 Odds
FT Pittsburgh Pirates 7 - 0 Milwaukee Brewers +147 -154 Odds
FT Seattle Mariners 3 - 5 Texas Rangers +118 -122 Odds
FT Chicago White Sox 11 - 3 Kansas City Royals +167 -175 Odds
FT Colorado Rockies 5 - 4 Diamondbacks +182 -189 Odds
349' Los Angeles Dodgers 5 - 6 Giants -200 +188 Odds
Tuesday 12 September
Chicago White Sox 13:15 Kansas City Royals +162 -169 Odds
Atlanta Braves 19:05 Montreal Expos +161 -164 Odds
Miami Marlins 19:05 Phillies -118 +113 Odds
Baltimore Orioles 19:07 Toronto Blue Jays -120 +116 Odds
Detroit Tigers 19:10 Cleveland Indians +385 -417 Odds
New York Yankees 19:10 Tampa Bay Rays Odds
Oakland Athletics 19:10 Boston Red Sox +160 -167 Odds
Pittsburgh Pirates 19:40 Milwaukee Brewers +108 -112 Odds
New York Mets 20:05 Chicago Cubs +240 -250 Odds
Seattle Mariners 20:05 Texas Rangers +103 -108 Odds
San Diego Padres 20:10 Minnesota Twins +160 -164 Odds
Cincinnati Reds 20:15 St. Louis Cardinals +160 -164 Odds
Colorado Rockies 21:40 Diamondbacks +118 -123 Odds
Houston Astros 22:07 Los Angeles Angels -127 +121 Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers 22:15 Giants -244 +240 Odds
Wednesday 13 September
Detroit Tigers 12:10 Cleveland Indians
New York Yankees 13:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox 14:15 Kansas City Royals
Miami Marlins 19:05 Phillies
Atlanta Braves 19:05 Montreal Expos
Baltimore Orioles 19:07 Toronto Blue Jays
Oakland Athletics 19:10 Boston Red Sox
Seattle Mariners 20:05 Texas Rangers
New York Mets 20:05 Chicago Cubs
San Diego Padres 20:10 Minnesota Twins
Pittsburgh Pirates 20:10 Milwaukee Brewers
Cincinnati Reds 20:15 St. Louis Cardinals
Colorado Rockies 21:40 Diamondbacks
Houston Astros 22:07 Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers 22:15 Giants
Thursday 14 September
Chicago White Sox 13:10 Detroit Tigers
Oakland Athletics 13:35 Boston Red Sox
Cincinnati Reds 13:45 St. Louis Cardinals
Colorado Rockies 15:40 Diamondbacks
Baltimore Orioles 19:05 New York Yankees
Atlanta Braves 19:05 Montreal Expos
Miami Marlins 19:05 Phillies
Kansas City Royals 19:10 Cleveland Indians
Seattle Mariners 20:05 Texas Rangers
New York Mets 20:05 Chicago Cubs
Toronto Blue Jays 20:10 Minnesota Twins
Houston Astros 22:07 Los Angeles Angels
Friday 15 September
St. Louis Cardinals 14:20 Chicago Cubs
Baltimore Orioles 19:05 New York Yankees
Oakland Athletics 19:05 Phillies
Los Angeles Dodgers 19:05 Montreal Expos
Boston Red Sox 19:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Kansas City Royals 19:10 Cleveland Indians
Pittsburgh Pirates 19:10 Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers 19:10 Miami Marlins
Chicago White Sox 19:10 Detroit Tigers
New York Mets 19:35 Atlanta Braves
Seattle Mariners 20:10 Houston Astros
Toronto Blue Jays 20:10 Minnesota Twins
San Diego Padres 20:40 Colorado Rockies
Texas Rangers 22:07 Los Angeles Angels
Diamondbacks 22:15 Giants
Saturday 16 September
Los Angeles Dodgers 13:05 Montreal Expos
Seattle Mariners 13:05 Houston Astros
Baltimore Orioles 16:05 New York Yankees
St. Louis Cardinals 16:05 Chicago Cubs
Kansas City Royals 16:10 Cleveland Indians
Pittsburgh Pirates 16:10 Cincinnati Reds
Boston Red Sox 18:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox 18:10 Detroit Tigers
Oakland Athletics 19:05 Phillies
New York Mets 19:10 Atlanta Braves
Milwaukee Brewers 19:10 Miami Marlins
Toronto Blue Jays 19:10 Minnesota Twins
San Diego Padres 20:10 Colorado Rockies
Diamondbacks 21:05 Giants
Texas Rangers 21:07 Los Angeles Angels
Sunday 17 September
Baltimore Orioles 13:05 New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox 13:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Kansas City Royals 13:10 Cleveland Indians
Pittsburgh Pirates 13:10 Cincinnati Reds
Chicago White Sox 13:10 Detroit Tigers
Milwaukee Brewers 13:10 Miami Marlins
New York Mets 13:35 Atlanta Braves
Oakland Athletics 13:35 Phillies
Seattle Mariners 14:10 Houston Astros
Toronto Blue Jays 14:10 Minnesota Twins
St. Louis Cardinals 14:20 Chicago Cubs
San Diego Padres 15:10 Colorado Rockies
Texas Rangers 15:37 Los Angeles Angels
Diamondbacks 16:05 Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers 20:08 Montreal Expos

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