Trips with 5+ games in a row on the west coast:
It seems like every year, we get a few west coast trips somewhere in the middle of the season which ends up taking a lot out of the players. This season, we started out on the west coast after spending spring training there as well, and we only have one trip remaining after the All-Star break then a 10 game home stand. Could the schedule be in our favor this year?
June 10: LAA, OAK, StL 4-5 (come back lose 4 in a row)
June 27: SDP, COL, CHW 3-6 (come back lose 3 of 4)
Sept 5: OAK, SEA 3-3 (win next 3 against Twins AAA)
July 2: LAA, SEA, CHW 5-4 (lose next 4 games)
Aug 2: OAK, SEA, LAA 2-7 (lose 2 of 4)
May 8: LAA, OAK 0-5 (lose 2 of 4)
Aug 27: SEA, OAK 3-4 (lose 3 of 4)
April 14: SEA, LAA, OAK 2-5 (lose next 3)
So over the past four seasons we are 22-39 on the west coast, and 8-21 on the series after coming home. A combined 30-60. 2008 with only one west coast swing was the year we played above our pythag.
So if this team comes back from this series in OAK just like it was an extended spring training, and with only 1 more swing left this year, could this schedule be worth 4 to 5 wins? Or am I making too much out of this?