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Schedule favors Red Sox, Rockies

Posted on: July 28, 2008 6:44 pm
 
For all the focus on this week's non-waiver trade deadline, the remaining schedule could have as big an impact on who wins as any trades that actually occur this week (and today seems to have been a particularly slow day for trade talk).

So who does the schedule favor?

The Red Sox. Big time.

While both Tampa Bay and New York will play more than 55 percent of their remaining games on the road, the Sox will play 55 percent of their remaining games at Fenway Park, where they're a major-league best 37-13. The Sox have no games left on the West Coast; the Yankees still have to go there twice. And the Yankees will play 10 of their remaining 58 games against the Angels, maybe the team they would least like to face.

The Rockies' remaining schedule is also favorable, which helps justify Colorado's decision (so far) to refrain from selling off at the deadline. The Rockies will play an incredible 45 percent of their remaining games (25 of 56) against the National League's three worst teams: Washington, San Diego and San Francisco. The Dodgers have almost as many games against those three teams, but the Rockies also have series remaining against Houston and Pittsburgh. Also, the Dodgers still have two three-city trips, while the Rockies are on their final three-city jaunt this season. The Diamondbacks have 16 games against the Padres and Giants, but none against Washington.

In the American League Central, the Tigers have the easiest path, although with a 6 1/2-game deficit, an easy schedule might not be enough to save them. But look at what's ahead for the two teams the Tigers are chasing:

The White Sox play 14 of their remaining 59 games (24 percent) against the Yankees, Red Sox and Angels. The Twins still have a three-city trip and a monster four-city trip remaining. And the Tigers are done with all their trips to the West Coast.

A trade could still change the balance of power in any of these divisions. But maybe the schedule will decide it.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:24 pm
 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:59 pm
 

Schedule favors Red Sox, Rockies




Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Schedule favors Red Sox, Rockies




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:35 am
 

Schedule favors Red Sox, Rockies



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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:31 am
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Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2008 2:02 pm
 

Schedule favors Red Sox, Rockies

Thank you for bringing this up.  I have been saying this for 2 weeks while the Yankees climbed back into the AL east race.  The Yankees also have to play 16 of 19 on the road during one stretch of August.  I think you will see them drop back to 6 or 7 back like they were before they went on their winning streak. Also, Tampa clearly isn't good on the road either.  They are just as bad as the Sox on the road.  But in a virtual tie, the Sox clearly have an advantage with about 7 more home games down the stretch.



Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2008 1:53 pm
 

Schedule favors Red Sox, Rockies

Sorry, I missed one.  The Twins have a three gamer in Tampa in September.



Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2008 1:49 pm
 

Schedule favors Red Sox, Rockies

One thing the Twins have in their favor, is they are done in Chicago and Detroit.  All of the game remaining against the White Sox, and Tigers are in the dome.  Out side of a west coast swing, the toughest teams on their schedule are in Minnesota


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