We will see how the Rangers perform in their beneficial schedule in April where we face only one team that posted a record above .500 last year. I wanted to break down each month that the Rangers are going to have this year based on their schedule.
I think most of us would agree that having more home games vs road games is an advantage. Here are the Rangers home and road games respectively by month:
April - 12 - 10
May - 15 - 13
June - 15 - 12
July - 15 - 10
August - 10 - 19
September - 14 - 13
October - 0 -4
It is an interesting schedule where the Rangers have more home games in every month except August and October, and as you see there are only 4 games in October. Isn't it usually a negative thing in sports to have 10 home games with 19 road games in a month. The month of August presents us with this many road games. I wonder if this is actually a disadvantage or not, since our pitchers will be able to avoid the heat of Texas, for the most part, in August. I think these home and road splits will help our team stay competitive until later in the season. Of course, these are just numbers, and the Rangers did go 40 - 41 at home last year, but in 2007 we went 47 - 34.
In the first month last year, we had 13 home games vs 15 road games, and the year before we started with a 10 and 15, home and away shedule which of course did not help (i don't think playing at home or on the road was the result of all the errors and poor play). I'm only saying, in years past the schedules have not favored the Rangers, and this year it does. We'll see how it turns out on the field.
Yesterday was a good start. Keep it up!