MLB schedule already wearing down Red Sox, Reds and Phillies


A short season brings urgency. Every loss is equal to 2.7 losses in a 162-game season. Consequently, panic buttons are closer within reach. After one weekend of play, three teams already are in trouble in the standings: the Phillies, Red Sox and Reds. All three teams lost two out of three at home to bad teams.

An overreaction? Sure, especially in a season in which eight teams in each league qualify for the postseason, which means a .500 record is contending status. The point here is that by losing games early to bad teams an apparent contender loses a big chunk of its margin of error.

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