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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Reds Strength of Schedule, by Month

Here's something I thought might make for a nice visual: a month-by-month look at strength of schedule.  Click on the image for a larger view:

There was a lot of talk about the Reds' tough April schedule.  But when you account for the fact that the Reds got 9 games against arguably the two weakest teams in the league, it actually balanced out very nicely.  May, on the other hand, features 11 games against four of the top five teams in baseball (based on FanGraphs projections).  That stretch against the Nationals, Cardinals, and Dodgers that begins on Monday is just brutal.

The good news is that the two months with the lightest schedules, July & September, are still to come!