I know we all have some level of concern with the Cueto, Bailey and Arroyo ailments, along with the Leake and Volquez effectiveness issues. But maybe there is a silver lining. I present their March/April opponents:
6 vs Milwaukee (potentially with Greinke and/or Marcum missing)
6 vs the DBacks (weird scheduling)
4 vs Pitt
3 @ SD
3 vs Houston
2 vs Florida
3 @ St Louis
Not exactly Murderer's Row. For those you like this stuff, BP projects Pitt and Houston to be next to last and last in the Central and SD and Zona to be next to last and last in the West. That's 16 against some of the worst in the league. Milwaukee w/o those pitchers helps a lot as well.
Schedule gets much tougher in late May-June, with consecutive series @ Philly, @ Atlanta, Milwaukee, LA, Cubs, @ SF, @ LA, Toronto, NYY, @ Baltimore and @ Tampa. That is a killer stretch.
Maybe the schedule makers did them a favor. But they need to build a cushion with what lies ahead in the early summer.