I took a look at the remaining schedule for each of the pennant contenders. Here’s a list of the Offensive Winning Percentage of each contender’s opposing teams, starting with tomorrow’s games and continuing through the rest of the season. First, the crazy AL West:
Team Games OWP OAK 32 .503 ANA 32 .506 TEX 33 .519
The schedule doesn’t have much impact there. Here’s the NL West:
Team Games OWP SFG 29 .470 LAD 32 .497 SDP 32 .505
The Giants, who play the Rockies, Diamondbacks and Brewers over the next two weeks, have a bit of an advantage here. If the race gets closer, there will be dynamite action the last two weeks of the season, when the Dodgers and Giants play two of their last three series against each other.
Here’s the AL Wildcard race:
Team Games OWP ANA 32 .506 BOS 32 .511 TEX 33 .519
Again, it doesn’t look like the schedule gives any one team much of an advantage. Here’s the NL wildcard:
Team Games OWP SFG 29 .470 CHC 31 .482 FLO 32 .501 HOU 31 .502 SDP 32 .505
Same deal with the Giants. But the Cubs also have an advantageous schedule going forward, as they play series against the Expos, Mets, Reds and Pirates.