Teams, according to The Athletic’s Jayson Stark, will play 40 of their 60 games against division foes. For the Tribe, that means 10 matchups each against the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins.
The other 20 contests will be against the corresponding division in the other league (AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central, etc.). Six of the 20 games, according to Stark, will be against each club’s interleague “rival.” That, for the Indians, would be the Cincinnati Reds.
The Tribe, then, would play its remaining 14 contests against the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. The Indians would play two of that group four times each, and play three games against each of the other two clubs.
FanGraphs’ “obscenely early” projected standings have the Twins and Indians playing baseball’s easiest schedules. Minnesota’s opponents are projected to have a .481 winning percentage, and the Tribe’s foes are estimated to finish with a .478 mark.
FanGraphs has the Twins, at 35-25, winning the division by one game over the Tribe. The Indians, at 34-26, would be the American League’s No. 2 wild card, behind the 35-25 Tampa Bay Rays.
The NL Central is projected to be ridiculously close, with the 32-28 Cubs estimated to win the division by one game over the Brewers, Cardinals and Reds.