Examining remaining schedules for American League competitors

Connor Donahue
August 17, 2018 - 1:54 pm

The Red Sox own the best record in baseball halfway through August and it doesn’t look like anyone’s going to catch up.

Other American League contenders in the Yankees, Astros, A’s and Indians all own impressive records as well, so let’s see how each team closes out their regular season.

New York Yankees

The Yankees sit at 75-46, but are 10.5 games behind the Sox in the AL East. Winners of six in their last 10 games, the Yanks have 23 more games against divisional opponents, six with Boston.

New York plays 22 of their last 41 games away from home, which might bode well for the Sox. The Yanks have a winning percentage of just .559 away from Yankee Stadium as opposed to a .700 winning percentage in New York.

Of the ten teams left on New York’s schedule, five are teams playing below-.500 baseball (Toronto, Baltimore, Detroit, Miami and Minnesota.)

Houston Astros

The Astros have 41 games left on their schedule as well and are just a game behind the Yanks for the second-best record in the AL. Just like the Yankees, the Astros play just 19 home games for the remainder of the season. This is very good news for Houston, the Astros have an impressive .695 winning percentage away from home as opposed to a .532 percentage home in Houston.

Houston plays just six more games against the surging A’s, Oakland currently sits just two games back in the AL West. The final series between the two is at the end of August, so there will be a lot of scoreboard watching in late September if the two teams remain this close.

Oakland A’s

The A’s are one of the bigger storylines this season. Since June 16, the A’s have gone 38-13 and have a chance to take a division lead sitting just two games back of Houston.

Oakland plays an AL West-heavy schedule through the end of the season, 24 of their last 41 games are against divisional opponents. The Rangers are the only AL West team that doesn’t boast a winning percentage above .500, it’ll be interesting to see if the A’s can stay as hot as they’ve been. Seattle is lurking just 2.5 games behind the second wild-card spot with seven games remaining against the A’s.

Cleveland Indians       

Considering that the Indians are the only team in the AL Central with a winning percentage above .500, the division is all but locked up for Cleveland.

The Indians play 13 of their last 42 games against the two teams with the worst records in the big leagues, 10 with Kansas City (37-84) and three with Baltimore (36-85).

On the other hand, the Sox will get seven more games with Cleveland with a four-game series in Boston in August and three games in Cleveland next month.