Saturday, August 28, 2004
Some Standings Notes
- The Arizona Diamondbacks were mathematically eliminated from the division Thursday. Hardball Times further claims they are now ineligible for the Wild Card, as well. This will certainly go down as the franchise's worst year in record, and may be historically bad. Speaking of the Snakes, hey, they finally beat somebody -- the injury-depleted Reds.
- Strength of schedule for the Angels and their principle postseason rivals, based on straight won-loss records with no adjustments for second-order effects (such as playing more games against sucky teams in the AL Central, etc.). In reverse order of schedule strength:
Team SOS Texas .511 Boston .508 Anaheim .504 Oakland .497
You'd think that Boston would have the hardest go of it, but they only see the Yanks six times. They'll also get to see the Devil Rays six times and Baltimore six times. Oakland, on the other hand, has a cakewalk with a serving of fresh sliced Indians down the stretch.
- Strength of schedule for the Dodgers and their chief rivals (including the Cubs in case the NL West changes hands):
Team SOS San Diego .500 Los Angeles .494 Chicago .486 San Francisco .467
Tough road for the Dodgers, here: waiting 'til the last minute to play the Cards is gonna be harsh. Also, the Dodgers have more games to play down the stretch (34) than the Giants (32).
What? 34 < 29 ?
And the Giants have 32 games left to play. The Padres have 33.
And when will people start picking on the Royals? Their record is almost as bad...
(OK, maybe I'm just a little jealous that you get to talk about two teams in the playoff hunt, while we get to watch our bullpen repeatedly implode.)