Originally Posted by Brutus
I really think you've been putting far too much emphasis on the competition and not enough on the actual teams playing against the competition. The Pirates have been beaten like a pinata lately, while the Cards have been starting to play better baseball. At the end of the day, St. Louis is a better team than Pittsburgh and that matters more than the scheduling.
There are very few ways to measure future success or failure in baseball. One important way is to look at the schedule. Home. Away. Playing tough teams. Playing weak teams.
Nobody knows if the Cards or Pirates will be hot or cold going forward. You can guess based on last year or based on stats. But none of these teams is the 27 Yankees, they go hot and cold. Nobody knows which they will be.
So one guideline to look at is schedule.
The Washington Nationals have the best record in baseball. The Cards play them seven times. The Reds and Pirates are done with them. I think that is quite significant.
You obviously don't. Fine. But when the Cards play the Nationals while the Reds are playing the Astros, I'll take my chances with that situation.