The Cubs Have One of the Easier Remaining Schedules Among Wild Card Contenders

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The Cubs Have One of the Easier Remaining Schedules Among Wild Card Contenders

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Hey, man. Hey, girl. I’m not giving up on the NL Central just yet. Not when the Cubs have seven head-to-head games left against the Cardinals. So long as the Cubs can stay within 5.0 games when that first series begins in 10 days, there will always be that chance they can go 6-1 in those 7 games and keep things really tight. And if the Cubs could shrink the current 4.5-game deficit to like 3.0 by the time that first series starts? We’ll see, we’ll see.

I preamble all that stuff because this post is otherwise about the Wild Card race. We all want to see the Cubs win the division for a plethora of reasons, but right now, their most realistic path to the postseason is as one of the Wild Cards.

And, on that front, I was curious about the remaining schedules of the Nationals (3.0 games ahead of the Cubs for WC1), the Diamondbacks (1.5 games behind the Cubs for WC2), the Brewers (2.0 games behind the Cubs), and the Phillies (2.0 games behind the Cubs).

Nationals

Likely the toughest on-paper schedule of these Wild Card contenders:

  • Three at the Twins
  • Three hosting the Braves
  • Three at the Cardinals
  • Three at the Marlins
  • Five hosting the Phillies (in four days)
  • Three hosting the Indians

Diamondbacks

Likely the easiest on-paper schedule of these Wild Card contenders:

  • Four at the Mets
  • Three hosting the Reds
  • Three hosting the Marlins
  • Three at the Padres
  • Three hosting the Cardinals
  • Three hosting the Padres

Brewers

Pretty darn easy also:

  • Four at the Marlins
  • Three at the Cardinals
  • Four hosting the Padres
  • Three hosting the Pirates
  • Three at the Reds
  • Three at the Rockies

Phillies

Almost as tough as the Nationals:

  • Four hosting the Braves
  • Two hosting the Red Sox
  • Three at the Braves
  • Three at the Indians
  • Five at the Nationals (in four days)
  • Three hosting the Marlins

Cubs

Probably somewhere in the middle, but skewing toward the easier side:

  • Four at the Padres
  • Three hosting the Pirates
  • Three hosting the Reds
  • Four hosting the Cardinals
  • Three at the Pirates
  • Three at the Cardinals

Perhaps it is because of these schedules, combined with the Cubs’ 1.5-game lead that the Cubs are projected by FanGraphs to have the best record among the WC2 contenders the rest of the way, thus cruising to that WC2 spot (but not passing the Nationals or Cardinals).


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.