CLEARWATER, Fla. -- We ranked the early season American League schedules the other day, from toughest to easiest, and today, we take a look at the early National League schedules -- which will be rough on the Dodgers, and marshmallow soft for the Phillies.
One thing to keep in mind: National League teams were even more dramatically impacted by offseason moves than AL teams, so some teams that played under .500 last year look much better now -- the Brewers in particular -- and some teams that played over .500 might have taken a step back, such as the San Diego Padres.
1. Arizona Diamondbacks
Games against teams with records of .500 or better: 27 of their first 37
Home/away: 19 of their first 37 at home
Notable: OK, the Diamondbacks must've made somebody mad to get the kind of schedule they got. Fifteen of their first 18 games will be against teams that finished over .500 last year, including two series against the Reds and six games on the road to start the year. Fifteen of their first 37 games are against the Phillies, Giants and Cincinnati. The Diamondbacks will be finished with the Reds for the season on April 22.
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