The Dodgers are trialing the Padres and the Giants in the National League West. While many expected San Diego to be in contention all year, San Francisco has been a pleasant surprise to the baseball world. But that might not last for long.
According to Baseball Reference’s remaining strength of schedule assessment, the Giants and Padres both have a tougher path to the playoffs. The Dodgers ranked out as having one of the easier schedules remaining. In fact, only the Central Division has a weaker schedule in the National League.
That puts the Dodgers in a great spot, especially considering they started the year having ranked out with a difficult schedule. It either means that the teams they have remaining have severely underperformed or they’ve already gotten through the toughest part of their schedule. Both can be true.
This week alone, the Dodgers play 6 games against 2 very bad teams. The Rangers and Pirates are both in last place in their division and have combined for 73 losses in 2021. They’re expected to at least win both of those series, if not sweep one of them.
In the near future, the Dodgers don’t play a team with a winning record until they head down to San Diego on the 21st of June. They’ll run into another tough string of games from there, playing 4 against the Cubs and 2 against the Giants.