If #Braves miss playoffs, blame the weather (and interleague play)

Of the contenders in both leagues, only the Diamondbacks have a tougher remaining schedule than the Braves.

Only the Yankees, Brewers and Indians have an easier schedule than the Phils, Jeff Passan concludes.

This it’s likely the better team will not win the NL East.

Consider: The Phils play 24 of their last 38 games against teams currently under .500. The Braves play 26 of their final 39 against teams above .500.

Philly has 12 more against the Mets and Marlins; the Braves, just six.

More damaging than strength of schedule is the sheer volume of games. The Braves are about to play their 16th in 14 days; barring any postponements this week, they’ll have played 22 games in 20 days before a respite Monday. After that, they have only two more off days. The Phils still have four, although they do end the season with 17 games in 17 days.

The disparity is due to the awful weather during the season’s first month. (You could also count the April 14 debacle against the Cubs in Wrigley, when the Braves blew an 8-run lead in bitter cold temperatures, as a weather casualty.)

Then there’s interleague, with its ridiculous division vs. division format. The Cardinals have played 6 games vs. the Royals. The Braves, six against the Red Sox. And as the Braves and Phils battle for a division title, wild card berth, or both, on the season’s last weekend, the Brewers will be playing host to Detroit.

5 thoughts on “If #Braves miss playoffs, blame the weather (and interleague play)

  1. It is ludicrous that the scheduling is so skewed. All teams should play the same interleague schedules. And the The climates are different . Braves play in the worst weather in the nation (possibly St. Louis same). The humidity is brutal. They should play in a enclosed stadium.

  2. Interleague play is a tired gimmick. I know all about the Boston Braves, the Beaneaters, the Rustlers, the Doves, the Bees, I live in Boston and even I don’t give a shit about playing the Red Sox. It’s not a rivalry. And yet every year we have to play them.

  3. When interleague play was first introduced, every team was given a “traditional rival” in the other league that they’d play every year. The same-metro-area rivalries were pretty easy: Mets-Yankees, Cubs-White Sox, Dodgers-Angels, Giants-A’s, and then there were the intrastate matchups: Cardinals-Royals, Reds-Indians, Rays-Marlins, Astros (before they were put in the A.L.)-Rangers. But who’s the Pirates’ traditional rival if it’s not the Phillies? And who the hell matches up with the Mariners or Padres? But because the Braves played in Boston way back when Warren Spahn was a young man, the Braves drew the Red Sox. Thank-you yet again, Bud Selig.

  4. Just wondering if the Braves would have been better off keeping Michael Reed up instead of trading for Duvall.

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