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TERRIBLE' SCHEDULE

 

Third baseman Mike Lowell expressed irritation that the Marlins are playing their final 10 games on the road.

 

''That's terrible to have the defending champion finish with 10 games on the road,'' Lowell said. ``That's the difference big teams get with respect. It might be our place on the totem pole.''

 

The schedule was made several months before the Marlins won the World Series, however.

 

But the Marlins certainly didn't get much respect when Major League Baseball moved three home games to Chicago while forcing the Marlins to play three doubleheaders in 11 days and 30 games in 27 days overall because of problems related to hurricanes Frances and Ivan.

 

Although no Marlin has publicly blamed that for the team's collapse, most of the regulars admit they're feeling fatigued. But not manager Jack McKeon.

 

''If you feel tired, that's fine. [but] how can you get tired playing this game? A kid's game,'' he said. ``If you get tired, go look for another job.'

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Oh please man, there is definetly a bias when making schedules. If there wasn't, why are the Cubs finishing the season at home against crappy teams while the Marlins are on the road against teams that were supposed to be good? The Cubs were a first place team last year and Marlins were second, by default we should have the easier schedule.

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Oh please man, there is definetly a bias when making schedules. If there wasn't, why are the Cubs finishing the season at home against crappy teams while the Marlins are on the road against teams that were supposed to be good? The Cubs were a first place team last year and Marlins were second, by default we should have the easier schedule.

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Um.. didn't you see where they said the schedule was made several months before the end of last season? How can you even really predict who's gonna be a crappy team or not at that point?

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Oh please man, there is definetly a bias when making schedules. If there wasn't, why are the Cubs finishing the season at home against crappy teams while the Marlins are on the road against teams that were supposed to be good? The Cubs were a first place team last year and Marlins were second, by default we should have the easier schedule.

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Because you finish the season against your division, and the Central has 3 (usually 4, sometimes 5) crappy teams.

 

My problem with the schedule this year was that the Marlins were given two additional off-days around the All-Star break (Thursday the week before and the day after) while most teams had only one. It left very few off-days during hurricane season.

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No, the schedule aren't generated by computers. And yes, a preliminary schedule has been made.

 

John Henry is on the scheduling commitee and has successfully lobbied for the Red Sox to start and end the year against the Yankees, and travel to Wrigley field and Busch stadium.

 

The Marlins drew an opening matchup at home against the Braves. The Expos (who for the first time since MLB took over are listed without a place name) will travel to Philadelphia to open up the year.

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Oh please man, there is definetly a bias when making schedules. If there wasn't, why are the Cubs finishing the season at home against crappy teams while the Marlins are on the road against teams that were supposed to be good? The Cubs were a first place team last year and Marlins were second, by default we should have the easier schedule.

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Um.. didn't you see where they said the schedule was made several months before the end of last season? How can you even really predict who's gonna be a crappy team or not at that point?

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Preliminary, yes. But they don't make the finals til I believe a week before everything is done in the regular season is over.

 

My point: we finish against the Braves, Phils, and Expos, away. Cubs finish home against the Brewers, Reds, and I believe the Pirates. They could have sent them to Houston or Busch to finish, but they didn't.

 

You're blind if you think it's fair.

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