The Packers schedule was released last week and reporters and fans dissected the games and quickly came up with their predictions for the 2012 season. ESPN listed the Packer’s schedule the second EASIEST in the league based on last year’s winning percentage for the opponents. With teams like Indianapolis, Tennessee and St. Louis on the tilt the “easy” may be relative.
Meanwhile the Brewers have gotten off to a rather sluggish start this season heading into a series tonight with Houston at just 7-9 and four games behind the defending world champion St. Louis Cardinals.
The arrival of the 6–10 Astros could be a very welcome sign for the Brewers as the first month of the season has seen them play some of the season’s best teams so far.
It isn’t as easy to break out a 162 game schedule the way you can a 16-game NFL season, but that doesn’t mean the Brewers aren’t set for a bit easier schedule in the next two months.
The Brewers have played 5 teams so far, two lead their division and two have the second-best record in their division. St. Louis, Atlanta, LA and Colorado would compose 4 of the 5 teams that would make up the NL playoffs if the season ended today. Take away the horrible Cubs (4-12) and the opponents the Brewers have faced this season are a combined 19 games over .500.
Beginning with the Houston series tonight the schedule will get quite a bit easier over the next two months and that should help to shake the early season funk the team appears to be in.
A quick trip to St. Louis and a two-game set with the Mets will be the only .500 or better teams the Brewers will see until closing May with a visit to Los Angeles. Not including the Dodgers, the May opponents are a combined 25 games under .500.
June might be even better when the team will play 20 of 26 games against teams currently below .500 with only American League teams Toronto and Chicago offering up a winning squad.
That means that 46 of Milwaukee’s next 61 games will be played against a sub-.500 team. They play three of the four worst teams in baseball in San Diego, Chicago and Kansas City (12 – 36 combined) a total of 16 times during that span.
While the Brewers are hopefully enjoying their “break”, the Cardinals will face Atlanta six times in May along with the Dodgers for three and the Phillies for four. In June they will play American League teams Detroit and Chicago as well as Cleveland, all above .500 currently.
The start to a season is often overemphasized as stats fluctuate wildly and teams can go on significant runs such as the 1987 Brewers who stood at 13 – 0 before fading badly and finishing in third place. The team started slowly last season as well and it was a soft schedule in the middle of the season that saw them rip off wins at an amazing pace and put enough distance between themselves and others to win the division.
The team can’t be happy with its start and there are plenty of problems that need to be corrected if the Crew is going to take advantage of that part of the schedule this season but a nice 40 - 20 run would be nice wouldn't it!