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2nd Half Schedules
by Matt Fargo - 07/14/2009
The Twins will enter the break right around .500 and still be in contention in the American League Central. That is the good news. The bad news is that after the break, 40 of their remaining 73 games are on the road. Minnesota finished the first half with a 17-24 record on the road and it will come out of the gates with 10 straight road games beginning July 17th.
If that wasnâ€™t tough enough, the Twins close the season with a brutal September that features 16 of their 27 games coming away from home. Since May 31st, Minnesota is 12-8 in its 20 road games so it has shown a big improvement after a rough showing.
However, with both Detroit and Chicago playing the majority of their games at home in the second half, it will be a challenge.
New York Yankees
After a typical slow start, the Yankees are catching fire and they look to turn the American League East into a two-team race with them and Boston. New York will have more second half games at home (39) than on the road (35) but the schedule overall looks very tough.
The Yankees have tough non-division seriesâ€™ against Detroit, Chicago (two series), Seattle (two series), Texas and Los Angeles, all of whom are fighting for the postseason as well.
The real issue for New York lies within the division. It has played 32 games in the American League East, going a disappointing 15-17 and it has 40 remaining including 19 on the road. Obviously the Yankees have to improve upon their 0-8 record against Boston.
The defending World Series champions have a nice cushion entering the second half of the season and the Phillies look to be in good shape to repeat as division champions.
Philadelphia went 48-33 at home last season but it is just 21-23 this year and that should help going forward. The Phillies are going to turn things around at Citizens Park so the fact that they have won as much as they have on the road already makes them a tough out.
Philadelphia has the best division record but it has already played 37 games against National League East foes including 13 against Washington. That means more outside of the division games but the Phillies are 19-11 against the rest of the league so the remaining slate is looking very doable.
San Francisco Giants
While many have crowned the Dodgers the National League West champions, The Giants are not going away without a fight. They are six games back in the division and even of they donâ€™t catch Los Angeles, they are still in good shape as they have a three-game lead in the Wild Card standings.
San Francisco is 31-14 at home which is the best home record in all of baseball and that may come as a surprise to many. It has played the second most home games within the division and the fourth most in the National League so it will have to pick up its play on the road to remain to have a playoff possibility.
The Giants have seven remaining road series outside of the division that come against teams currently under .500. That will certainly be beneficial knowing that their record on the road is currently 18-24.