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2nd Half Schedule: Facts & Figures


With the Dodgers, Padres and Rockies separated in the standings by a mere two games, the 2nd half schedule may play an increasingly significant role.

I wanted to take a good look at the schedule for all three teams: Which club will play the most home games?  Which team will play the most games against sub-.500 opponents? Which team will play the most head-to-head games in their own stadium? Which team will have the most off-days down the stretch?

The answers may surprise you.  

Home Venue (Code V on the chart, below)

The Dodgers enjoy a miniscule advantage over their rivals (35 LAD, 34 each for SD and COL). Yet the Padres and Rockies hold the edge down the stretch (16 games after Sept 1 at Petco Park and Coors Field, respectively, compared to only 13 at Dodger Stadium).

Head-to-Head Matchups at Home ( H)

The Dodgers hold a solid advantage in this category. Not only will LA play more head-to-head games against SD and COL at their home stadium (LAD 13, COL 10, SD 9). Even more importantly, almost half of them (6) will take place in the last two and a half weeks of the season when the stretch-drive adrenaline is at its most intense. Compare this to 3 for COL and 0 for SD.

Games against Sub-.500 Teams (T)

While the Rockies are scheduled to play losing teams 10 more times than the Dodgers (26 to 16), it's the Padres who have the clear advantage. They will play sub .500 teams 31 times! The Dodgers' one important consolation: 10 of their last 22 games will be against losing squads. (COL 6/22), SD 4/22)

Games Against a "Losing" Division (D)

The Padres may have the numbers, but not by much. They hold a 16-15 record against the NL West (.516) while the Dodgers have won 23 out of 29 (.793), and the Rockies 21 out of 37 (.567). Colorado is one victory shy of .500 against the NL Central. The Dodgers will play 17 games against the NL East (.310 record), 10 of them at Dodger Stadium.

Off-Days After September 1st (S)

The Dodgers will have 4 rest days, the Padres 3, and the Rockies only 2.

Quick Analysis

On paper, the Padres have the easiest schedule, but there are a lot more factors involved than the winning percentage of the opposing team. Playing against losing teams when the season's on the line, and players' getting plenty of rest are crucial components down the stretch. Should the Dodgers hang tough with the Padres and the Rockies, and make it to September 1st  in the same or better position than they are now, then I think LAD's chances for winning the division are excellent (all other non-schedule factors being equal, of course). The key will be remaining confident in July and August.

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TOTALS: 35 13 16 57 4 34 9 31 73 3 34 10 26 58 2
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