ESPN’s Buster Olney came out with his annual ranking of the toughest early
Make of that what you will, but what is more interesting is when he notes the Dodgers will play the bulk of their division games before the All-Star break. The Dodgers play 13 of their 19 games against Colorado by June 3, 12 of 19 games against the Padres by June 14, and 12 of 19 games against the
If the Padres are for real, they're going to get a very early chance to show it against the Dodgers; the Padres open the season with three games in Los Angeles. If the Giants are going to prove they're not just an even-year champion, they will get a chance early to show it too.
The Dodgers play 22 of their first 38 games at home, so it's not like they're in a bad spot schedule-wise. Only 13 of those games will be against teams that finished with a record over .500 last season.
Division opponents’ schedules only mimic each other’s to point. Olney thinks the