Rocky road or smooth sailing? Comparing contenders' stretch schedules

How will strength of schedule affect the playoff races? (2:47)

Mark Teixeira and Tim Kurkjian examine how strength of schedule will factor into the postseason races in the American and National Leagues. (2:47)

At the beginning of the baseball season, it can be difficult to tell which teams have big advantages in scheduling. Sure, the American League Central was going to be an easy ride with the rebuilding Royals, Tigers and White Sox. The AL East is tough at the top, but playing the Orioles and Blue Jays more often can serve as a balance.

With just over a quarter of the season remaining, the advantages and disadvantages in the remaining schedule are a little more apparent.

What follows is a closer look at the remaining races and which teams could use the schedule to benefit their run to the playoffs.