In baseball, it’s not necessarily how you play, it’s who you play. Just ask the Chicago Cubs, St Louis Cardinals, and Milwaukee Brewers. Thus far, the Cubs and Cardinals have had a very easy schedule, with the Brewers have played a tremendously difficult schedule.
(Editor’s note: this article was written prior to Tuesday’s games)
The Milwaukee Brewers have a disappointing 20-24 overall record. However, they have played only 20 games at home (and have gone 11-9), while playing 24 games on the road (going 9-15). Additionally, of their 44 games this season, 35 have been against teams with records over .500. That’s right: in 80% of their games, the Brewers have faced a team with a winning record. They have yet to face the likes of the Nationals,
On the flip side of this equation are the Chicago Cubs and St Louis Cardinals. The Cubs currently sit atop the NL Central with a 28-17 record, while the Cardinals are two games out, with a 27-20 record. Both teams have been greatly boosted by the amount of games they have had at home: of the Cubs’ 45 games thus far, 27 have been in Wrigley Field, and
For the Cubs, only 15 games have been against teams with a better than .500 record – that’s just 33%, as compared to
The Cardinals’ schedule has been even easier: they have played only 12 games against teams with a better than .500 record. They have played the Nationals,
Over the course of a season, teams’ strengths of schedule will change as certain teams perform better or worse. For example,