Mariners have tough road ahead

Mariners have tough road ahead

ANAHEIM -- There's no denying that, of the teams contending for the American League's Wild Card spots, the Mariners have the toughest remaining road schedule, with 11 of their final 14 games away from home.

None of the other contenders have more than seven remaining road games. On top of that, 11 of Seattle's final 14 opponents have winning records. Only Toronto -- which faces 14 of 14 winning teams down the stretch -- has a more-difficult strength of schedule.

Here's how Seattle's primary competition lines up going into Monday's games. Three of these clubs will make the playoffs, with either Kansas City or Detroit winning the AL Central and then two of the remaining teams taking the Wild Card spots.

Detroit (83-66): 7 of 13 remaining games at home, 3 of 13 vs. winning teams.

Kansas City (81-67): 6 of 13 remaining games at home, 6 of 13 vs. winning teams (plus conclusion of suspended game Royals trail 4-2 in bottom of 10th vs. Indians).

Oakland (83-66): 9 of 13 remaining games at home, 3 of 13 vs. winning teams.

Seattle (80-68): 3 of 14 remaining games at home, 11 of 14 vs. winning teams.

Toronto (77-71): 7 of 14 remaining games at home, 14 of 14 vs. winning teams.

Cleveland (76-72): 6 of 13 remaining games at home, 3 of 13 vs. winning teams (plus conclusion of suspended game Indians lead 4-2 in bottom of 10th vs. Royals).

NY Yankees (76-72): 8 of 14 remaining games at home, 8 of 14 vs. winning teams.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.