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Strength of Remaining Schedules as of September 9

The A's have 19 games left, the Rangers 20. Of these, 7 are in common: the 3 head to head, and each team has at least 4 games left against the Angels. Of the games that are not in common, let's break it down into 2 groups. Group 1: the A's face the Angels 2 times and the Mariners 3 times while the Rangers face the Royals 3 times and the Astros 3 times. In their last (to pick a random number) 20 games, the Angels are 12-8 and the Mariners are 8-12. The Royals are 11-9 and the Astros are 6-14. With quite a bit of luck, the Royals might actually have a wild card spot to fight for when they play the Rangers, but on balance let's call Group 1 modestly favorable to the Rangers relative to the A's. This is probably the case since the A's are 6-10 against the Mariners so far this year, while the Rangers are 14-2 against the woeful Astros. Group 2: the Rangers play 3 against the Pirates and 4 against the Rays while the A's play 7 against the Twins! The Twins are pretty bad, but have split their last 6 series, with wins against Detroit, Texas and Houston (2 playoff teams) and losses against Cleveland, Kansas City and Toronto. Of all non-common opponents, the 3 toughest remaining teams are the Pirates, the Ray and the Royals, and they are all on the Rangers side of the docket. The Rangers get a handful more games at home, the A's a handful more on the road, and while the home/away splits have been meaningful to the A's (home winning percentage .635, road .522) the Rangers home and away records are pretty much the same. This is September, though: if the A's are focused and well rested on the road, something's very wrong. Remaining schedule on paper: clear advantage to the A's.

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