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Is the Phillies’ success due to the lack of strength in their schedule? | Baseball Bar-B-Cast

Yahoo Sports senior MLB analyst Jordan Shusterman and senior MLB analyst Jake Mintz discuss how the Phillies winning record is likely due to the lack of strength in their schedule so far this season. Hear the full conversation on the “Baseball Bar-B-Cast” podcast - and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen.

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Nationals, uh getting swept by the Phillies, the Phillies, who, so you mentioned this last week talking about trying to write about it, talking about the Brave, how about the Phillies and the Braves?

And then how, ok, do we think that the Phillies actually have a real chance to win the division?

And you made the point that the Phillies strength schedule has been terrible and that was a totally fair point.

You said that that's really why they've gotten to this point and while the Braves have maybe been slightly disappointing, but still really good and the Phillies have been awesome like that is a reason.

And I said, you know what, I think that that's fair, but I didn't really look into it.

Then I realized not that I didn't believe you, but the, the, the very basic stat here, which is like kind of shocking, like I maybe I haven't paid like, I honestly don't normally pay that close attention to the record against 500 teams or above.

Like that's not a stat that I particularly look at that closely during the course of a major league regular season.

However, this is really staggering.

Ok, the Phillies have played now.

This is a stat that changes, right?

Because it's not at the time that you play them, it is, it is constantly adjusting and that's relevant.

It's whatever you say, the stat, right?

Ok.

The Phillies against 500 teams or above this year are four and two and three of those wins are a sweep against the 500 San Diego Padres.

So, so think about that they have played zero games or sorry, three games a se serious season opening series loss against the Braves.

Those are the only games they played against a team that is currently above 500.

That is pretty shocking as we are almost at June.

It is hilarious.

I believe their opponents strength of schedule is like 450 something and the next closest team is at like 480 something.

It is jarring how bad their schedule has been.

They've won the games, they needed to not to take anything away from the Phillies.

They've, they've racked up the Ws, they've given themselves the cushion that they've, they've, and they've deserved it.

However, the schedule has been bad.

I also think the NL is bad.

I think that's a big part of it.

There's this really soft, middle to the national league and the Phillies have only played three games against the Braves.

They haven't played the Cubs, they haven't played the Brewers, they haven't played the Dodgers.

Right.

And those are the good teams.

Everyone else in the national league is like, not that great and they haven't played any of the good teams in the American League yet.

And so that's kind of where we're at.

Why, that, that, that's why we're out here.