As I tend to do every off-season around this time, I spent some time analyzing the Angel's 2011 schedule, and compared it to last year's. I'm wondering if others have done the same, and if they found anything encouraging or discouraging. Here's what I saw...
I was looking specifically at how many games we will play this season against teams who had the same or a worse record than us last season. It's a short list! Cleveland, Kansas City, Baltimore, and Seattle in the AL. In interleague, the teams we played that were at least as bad as us were the Dodgers (same record at 80-82), Brewers, and Cubs.
In 2011, the Angels will play the same number of games against LAD, CLE, KC, and SEA, but 3 more games against BAL (totaling 9). That may not be wonderful news when we factor in that the Angels suffered a SEASON SWEEP to Baltimore last year, and they seem to be poised to slightly improve this season.
What may help the Angels pick up a few wins this season is interleague play. Rather than having to play the Rockies and Cardinals along with the others mentioned above, we play the NL East's ATL, NYM, FLA, and WSH. In 2011 interleague play, the only team we will have to face that had a better record than us in 2010 is the Braves.
Anyone else have any observations on the schedule?