Originally Posted by New York Red
IMO, the term "quality competition" is tough to pin down early in the season. Your mention of the Brewers is a good example. They have a poor record (15-20) largely because they are 1-9 in the last ten. But in those ten games, they are 0-7 against the Cardinals and Reds. So their season record is greatly effected by those two series against two of the NL's three best teams record-wise. If the Brewers had played lesser foes in those seven games they would possibly have a much better overall record, and therefore move into the "quality competition" category. My point is, I think it's too early to determine what is a quality opponent and what isn't (with a few obvious exceptions for each side).
I agree with that. I think there are a few teams on the schedule that are hard to place into a particular category. Angels, Phillies, Cubs, Brewers. I think the Nationals, Cardinals, Pirates, and Braves are definitely going to end up as quality competition at the end of the year. The Marlins are likely the only definite awful team we have played so far. Of the iffy teams, I think the Phillies will end up as the only quality team at the end of the year, but I know others would disagree. I want to add the Angels to the quality group but they keep losing.