Schedule Situation

Posted by Lionel on August 3, 2009.

The Cardinals have played 5 more games than the Cubs (which will drop to 4 after tonight) and both teams are almost even in home v. road games (again, the Cubs will be at 50/50 after tonight's game). So, who had the advantage going down the stretch?

The Cubs have 7 games against the division leaders (3 v. PHI, 4 @ LA) while the Cards only have a 3 gamer at Chavez Ravine. In the Wild Card bunch of teams (Florida, Colorado, and San Fran), the Cubs have 4 at Colorado and 4 at San Fran, while the Cards have 3 at Colorado and 3 against Florida.

Then we move to the .500 teams. I define .500 teams as teams that are within 3 games of .500 (Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee, plus the White Sox). I think the "games against teams with winning records" is a cheap stat, because any day these 3 teams could be on the other side of the equation. The Cubs have 11 of those games left, 8 of which are at home. The Cards have 18 games left, 12 at home and 6 on the road.

That leaves the bottom feeders. The Cubs have 30, 18 at home. The Cards have only 23, but 15 are on the road.

Of course, the Cubs and Cards play each other as well, one 3 game tilt in the new Busch stadium.

Beyond the actual teams, the Cards have 8 off days before the end of the season. The Cubs? 4. The Cubs roughest stretch appears to be 4 at home v. the Brewers, then the three at St. Louis, then 3 in Miller Park, then a strange and random 4 game series at San Fransisco (without the normal second west coast city stop). The Cards most difficult run will be 3 games at Miller Park, then 9 games in 10 days against the Braves, Marlins and Cubs, but all 10 will be at home.

In other words, at the moment, the Cards have an easier schedule to close things out.

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