The Marlins, Mariners and Reds have the hardest closing schedules amongst MLB contenders, at the same time as the Astros and Cardinals have the easiest.

Considering the ones groups have performed with playoff-like stress for weeks, a tough time table is one extra hurdle to climb. For groups like Houston and St. Louis, any break — even a perceived break — may be vital at a time while each groups have triumph over hurdle after hurdle to get to this point.

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Here are the hardest schedules amongst contending groups who have not clinched a postseason berth according to Richard Justice :

1) Marlins
Remaining opponents’ win %: .585
Schedule: Four games vs. Braves in Atlanta, three vs. Yankees in New York

2) Mariners
Remaining opponents’ win %: .574
Schedule: Three games vs. Astros, four vs. A’s in Oakland

3) Reds
Remaining opponents’ win %: .551
Schedule: Three games vs. Brewers, three vs. Twins in Minnesota

4) Giants
Remaining opponents’ win %: .538
Schedule: Four games vs. Rockies, four vs. Padres

5) Blue Jays
Remaining opponents’ win %: .516
Schedule: Four games vs. Yankees, three vs. Orioles

6) Brewers
Remaining opponents’ win %: .512
Schedule: Three games vs. Reds in Cincinnati, five vs. Cardinals in St. Louis

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