Articles by Paul Sporer

Sporer covers pitching for RotoWire. He also writes for Baseball Prospectus and publishes an annual guide on starting pitchers. In his spare time, he roots for the Tigers.

Using the Remaining Schedule as a Trade Guide

With just over two months left in the regular season, every tiny edge can be that difference between the memorable title and a forgettable second-place finish. Sure, a second-place finish can be a financial boon, but it’s all about that title. The schedule can be a source of said edges as you can use it to guide some of your moves, via either free agency or trade. Let’s start at the top with pure volume.

Total Games Left

The Detroit Tigers are a full five games behind of some of their division mates thanks to a rash of unplanned off days due to weather combined with multiple scheduled off days early on. Their 63 games remaining are the most in baseball, just ahead of the Cubs and Nationals at 62 apiece. The White Sox, Dodgers, and Brewers all have 58 games remaining. It might seem trivial, but if you need to attack your counting stats, then you should be looking at these teams with more games remaining.