Only 67 games separate the Reds from the conclusion of the regular season. At 53-42, and a full 5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the division, Cincinnati will need every advantage it can get going down the homestretch.
One of those advantages might just include strength of schedule. ESPN's Buster Olney recently ranked the remaining schedules for every contending team in baseball and the Reds fared quite favorably on his list, coming in at No. 12 out of 19 clubs.
According to Olney, only the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves have an easier schedule left to play among National League teams than do the Reds, with the Pittsburgh Pirates (No. 10), and Cardinals (No. 5) facing a much tougher road ahead.
Here is a breakdown on how the second half schedules of the Pirates, Cardinals, and Reds stack up against one another, courtesy of Olney.
5. St. Louis Cardinals
Games against teams with records of .500 or better: 38
Home/road: 38 of 69 at...