The Home Stretch

On this glorious 80-degree Monday in Seattle, all is well. This off-day is the perfect time to enjoy the Mariners' four-game lead in the American League West, but it's also ideal for looking at what figures to be one hell of a race to the finish. Seattle, Oakland and Boston all have 38 games remaining. Here is a look at what's left on the schedule for each contender.

First off, the Mariners. Seattle (75-49) needs to go 25-13 down the stretch to reach 100 wins. As for the talk earlier in the year that the 2003 team was better than the 2001 squad, hardly. How soon people forget just how incredible that 2001 season was. If the M's somehow went undefeated the rest of the way, 38-0, they'd still win just 113 game and fall three short of the mark set two seasons ago.

Here is what the M's have left on their schedule:
(You'll notice it's almost exactly the same as that of Oakland)

Home: (15)
Tampa Bay (3)
Baltimore (3)
Texas (3)
Anaheim (3)
Oakland (3)

Road: (23)
Toronto (3)
Boston (4)
Tampa Bay (3)
Baltimore (3)
Texas (4)
Anaheim (3)
Oakland (3)

Now on to Oakland (71-53), which have the same record as Boston and are thus tied with the BoSox in the Wild Card. Each is eight games up on the next closest team, the Chicago White Sox.

Here's a look at the A's remaining schedule:

Home: (16)
Baltimore (3)
Tampa Bay (3)
Anaheim (4)
Seattle (3)
Texas (3)

Away: (22)
Boston (3)
Toronto (4)
Baltimore (3)
Tampa Bay (3)
Texas (3)
Anaheim (3)
Seattle (3)

The Red Sox (71-53) sit five games behind the New York Yankess (75-47), which have won four in a row. They play most of their games in the friendly confines of Fenway Park down the stretch, but have to face one tough opponent after another.

Here is a look at the remaining schedule for Boston:

Home: (23)
Oakland (3)
Seattle (4)
Toronto (2)
New York Yankees (3)
Chicago White Sox (3)
Tampa Bay (4)
Baltimore (4)

Away: (15)
Philadelphia (1)
Chicago White Sox (2)
New York Yankees (3)
Baltimore (3)
Cleveland (3)
Tampa Bay (3)


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