Second-half 'strength of schedules'

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
How tough is the road ahead for Bobby Valentine's Red Sox? (Getty Images)

The unbalanced sked in tandem with interleague play means that teams competing for the same goals (i.e., postseason berths) can wind up playing schedules of substantially different strengths. That's especially the case when you isolate to, say, just one half of a given season.

And speaking of "just one half of a given season" let's take a quick look at the road each team faces over the balance of the 2012 season.

Below you'll see a table for each league, and listed alongside each team will be the average winning percentage of its remaining opponents and then the number of home games and road games left on the schedule. Teams will be sorted by descending order of remaining-opponents' winning percentage (all data courtesy of the most excellent CoolStandings.com).

First up, the American League ...

TeamRemaining opponents' WIN%Home games/road games
Red Sox.53035/41
Blue Jays
.52939/37
Athletics.52437/39
Mariners.52440/35
Rays.51938/38
Angels.51338/38
Orioles.51339/38
Tigers.51339/37
Royals.51244/34
Twins.51039/38
Yankees.50740/37
Rangers.50336/40
Indians.50036/41
White Sox.49235/42

Believe it or not, just three of the 14 AL teams enter the second half with losing records, and that explains all those relatively high opponents' winning percentages you see above.

As for specific teams, the Red Sox are bound to jump out. Boston is getting healthy and finds itself just 2.5 games out of playoff position, but that's a rough docket ahead. Elsewhere, the Yankees have a fairly easy go of it by AL East standards, and the Central-leading White Sox are also well poised.

Now to the National League ...

TeamRemaining opponents' WIN%Home games/road games
Phillies.51337/38
Marlins.51037/40
Mets.50635/41
Astros.50336/40
Cubs.50042/35
Padres.49837/38
Brewers.49338/39
Rockies.49038/39
Braves.48839/38
Nationals.48741/38
Cardinals.48538/38
Dodgers.48538/37
Diamondbacks.47537/40
Giants.46439/37
Reds.46442/35
Pirates.46238/39

So the Phillies are done, right? Over in the Central, the Reds and Pirates have a notably easier go of it than do the Cardinals. More specificially, Cincy will play just six more road games against teams currently with winning records. The Astros, meanwhile, look like strong bets to land the top-overall pick for a second-consecutive draft. Tonight, Houston, you may celebrate.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnBaseball on Twitter, subscribe to the RSS feed and "like" us on Facebook.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre

mlb Video

December 19, 2014
Justin Upton traded to Padres (2:18)
December 17, 2014
Boomer & Carton: Chase Headley will start at 3B
(4:14)
December 11, 2014
Jim Rome: Dodgers' overhaul
(2:13)
December 10, 2014
John Smoltz on the Doug Gottlieb Show
(7:06)

Latest

Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop

College Bowl Bound

Free 3-Day Shipping over $100!
Use code 3DAY100
Get their favorite team
Shop Now