Wednesday, August 30, 2017

American League Wild Card Strength of Schedules


The American League Wild Card chase may go down as one of the most entertaining, the most confusing and one of the best playoff hunts in the history of North American sports. There are eight-or-nine teams depending on who you ask vying for just two spots in the American League and this one looks like it will go down to the absolute wire and the last weekend of the season. I wonder if Major League Baseball is prepared for tie breaker after tie breaker and possible outcome after possible outcome. I guess there’s only one way to find out, watch until the very last pitch is thrown during the 2017 regular season. Until then all we can do is look at the strength of schedules, for what they are worth anyway since any team can beat any team on any given night in MLB, and analyze which teams have the best shot on paper of reaching the 2017 postseason.

I have included home games, away games and number of days off left for each time and I have also bolded the series that I believe this team could win. Could win, not will win. You can’t predict baseball.




New York Yankees

4 games vs. Boston Red Sox
3 games @ Baltimore Orioles
3 games @ Texas Rangers
3 games @ Tampa Bay Rays
4 games vs. Baltimore Orioles
3 games vs. Minnesota Twins
3 games @ Toronto Blue Jays
1 game vs. Kansas City Royals
3 games vs. Tampa Bay Rays
3 games vs. Toronto Blue Jays


2 days off
18 home games
12 away games




Minnesota Twins

1 game vs. Chicago White Sox
3 games vs. Kansas City Royals
3 games @ Tampa Bay Rays
4 games @ Kansas City Royals
2 games vs. San Diego Padres
4 games vs. Toronto Blue Jays
3 games @ New York Yankees
4 games @ Detroit Tigers
3 games @ Cleveland Indians
3 games @ Detroit Tigers


2 days off
10 home games
20 away games




Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

3 games @ Texas Rangers
3 games @ Oakland Athletics
3 games @ Seattle Mariners
3 games vs. Houston Astros
3 games vs. Texas Rangers
3 games vs. Cleveland Indians
3 games @ Houston Astros
4 games @ Chicago White Sox
3 games vs. Seattle Mariners


4 days off
12 home games
16 away games




Baltimore Orioles

4 games vs. Toronto Blue Jays
3 games vs. New York Yankees
3 games @ Cleveland Indians
3 games @ Toronto Blue Jays
4 games @ New York Yankees
3 games vs. Boston Red Sox
4 games vs. Tampa Bay Rays
2 games @ Pittsburgh Pirates
3 games @ Tampa Bay Rays


3 days off
14 home games
15 away games




Seattle Mariners

3 games vs. Oakland Athletics
3 games vs. Houston Astros
3 games vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
4 games @ Texas Rangers
3 games @ Houston Astros
3 games vs. Texas Rangers
3 games vs. Cleveland Indians
3 games @ Oakland Athletics
3 games @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim


4 days off
15 home games
13 away games




Tampa Bay Rays

3 games @ Chicago White Sox
3 games vs. Minnesota Twins
3 games @ Boston Red Sox
3 games vs. New York Yankees
3 games vs. Boston Red Sox
2 games vs. Chicago Cubs
4 games @ Baltimore Orioles
3 games @ New York Yankees
3 games vs. Baltimore Orioles


5 days off
14 home games
13 away games




Kansas City Royals

3 games @ Minnesota Twins
3 games @ Detroit Tigers
4 games vs. Minnesota Twins
3 games vs. Chicago White Sox
4 games @ Cleveland Indians
3 games @ Toronto Blue Jays
3 games @ Chicago White Sox
1 game @ New York Yankees
3 games vs. Detroit Tigers
3 games vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

2 days off
13 home games
17 away games




Texas Rangers

1 game @ Houston Astros
3 games vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
3 games @ Atlanta Braves
3 games vs. New York Yankees
4 games vs. Seattle Mariners
3 games @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
3 games @ Seattle Mariners
3 games @ Oakland Athletics
3 games vs. Houston Astros
4 games vs. Oakland Athletics


2 days off
17 home games
13 away games




Toronto Blue Jays

4 games @ Baltimore Orioles
3 games @ Boston Red Sox
3 games vs. Detroit Tigers
3 games vs. Baltimore Orioles
4 games @ Minnesota Twins
3 games vs. Kansas City Royals
3 games vs. New York Yankees
3 games @ Boston Red Sox
3 games @ New York Yankees


3 days off
12 home games
17 away games




Who do you have making the 2017 American League Card Playoffs? Personally, homer alert, I have the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels on Anaheim squaring off inside Yankee Stadium when all the dust has settled but who knows what will go down. The great thing about baseball is that you can’t predict baseball. Stay tuned and have a great rest of the evening. Also keep in mind that some games are still playing today or set to be played. I have not included those in this post and all schedules laid out in this post begin tomorrow, 8/31.


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