This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Roman philosopher Seneca purportedly said, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." Today's discussion is about preparation. Later in the season when a competitor marvels at how lucky you are having a particular player in your lineup, you can smile knowingly; it wasn't luck.
We're now three-quarters of the way through the season. Teams have 13 remaining series, some of which started Thursday. Below is a table with each team's remaining schedule, beginning with today, Friday the 16th. Following that is another table displaying the number of games remaining, the number home and away, the aggregate record of the opposition, the aggregate wOBA of the opposing hitters and the aggregate wOBA allowed by the opposing pitchers.
Before presenting the data, let's discuss some of the shortcomings of the second table, quantifying each squad's schedule. The obvious thing to keep in mind is the composition of the rosters has changed, especially after the trade deadline. That said, it's better to use the season-long records and wOBA data and not the smaller sample of the last month. The manual adjustment we each can make based on lineup changes is better than relying on an insufficient sample with too much noise.
Another warning: regulars on teams with more remaining games won't always play more games than similar players with fewer left on the docket. Those with more off days may not need to hit the pine for some rest. Not to mention that come September, teams with a playoff berth or seeding