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Wild Card Pursuit Notepad

HUH? - Jamie Squire

As the Angels enter the second half, there are 9 teams in the AL with better records.

Here is a quick breakdown of the schedules and situations regarding the 6 opponents ahead of the Angels in the Wildcard Race.

Noted: The Dodgers are going to factor into the AL Wildcard race, as they play several of the AL East teams in the second half of the season. Interleague play is creeping into some very critical series' down the stretch actually, so the leagues are going to really affect each other this year.

•Toronto

Perennial: Ehh?

45-49 Record

+1/2 Game over Angels

Play Angels: x7 (4 @Angels) ( Home)

Home Games: 35

Away Games: 33

Days Off: 7

Interleague: (Dodgers 7/22-7/24), (@Dbacks 9/2-9/4) = 6 NL West

Finish with: 3 @Home vs. Rays

•Yankees

Perennial: Flagship Franchise of MLB

51-44 Record

+ 6 Games over Angels

Play Angels: x4 (Home )

Home Games: 30

Away Games: 37

Days Off: 7

Interleague: (@Dodgers 7/30-7/31) (@Padres 8/2-8/4) (Giants 9/20-9/22) = 8 NL West

Notables: Play the Giants on 9/20-9/22 @ Home (Crunch Time)

Finish with: 3 @Astros

•Cleveland

Perennial: Loser

51-44 Record

+ 6 Games over Angels

Play Angels: x6 (Home 8/9-8/11) (@Angels 8/19-8/21)

Home Games: 32

Road Games: 35

Days Off: 6

Interleague: (@Miami 8/2-8/4) (@Braves 8/27-8/29) (Mets 9/6-9/8)

Notables: Weak looking schedule for weak team, a wash.

Finish With: 4 @Twins

•Baltimore

Perennial: Loser (Coming off decent season)

53-43 Record

+ 7.5 Games over Angels

Play Angels: No

Home Games: 32

Road Games: 34

Days Off: 7

Interleague: (@Padres 8/6-8/7) (@Giants 8/9-8/11) (@Dback 8/12-8/14) (Rockies 8/16-8/18) NL WEST = 11 Games

Notables: 2 Week Stretch in the NL West (8/6-8/18)

Finish With: 3 @home vs Red Sox

•Texas

Perennial: Contender Last 3 Seasons

54-41 Record

+ 9 Games over Angels

Play Angels: (Home 7/29-7/31) (@Angels 8/5-8/7) (@Angels 9/6-9/8) (Home 9/26-9/29) 13 Times (6 Away/7 Home)

Home Games: 35

Road Games: 32

Days Off: 6

Interleague: (Dbacks 8/1) (Brewers 8/13-8/14) (Pirates 9/9-9/11) NL West= 1 Game, NL Central= 6 Games (7 Total)

Finish With: 4 @home vs. Angels

•Tampa Bay

Perennial: Overachiever

55-41 Record

+ 9.5 Games over Angels

Play Angels: (Home 8/27-8/29) (@Angels 9/2-9/5) 6 Times (3home/3 away)

Home Games: 28

Away Games: 38

Days Off: 7

Interleague: (Dbacks 7/30-7/31) (Giants 8/2-8/4) (@Dbacks 8/6-8/7) (@Dodgers 8/9-8/11) NL West 10 Games

Notables: 2 Weeks in NL West 7/30-8/11,

Notables: Long Stretch at end of season with no rest, (8/23-9/29) 1 day off total!!

Finish With: 3@BlueJays

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