May 27, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. (6) yawns while at bat in the 8th inning against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
As I mentioned in this morning's Mug, today features one of the Brewers' worst road days of the year. They're playing a night game in Los Angeles tonight (a 9:10 Central time start), then getting on an airplane and flying home to host the Pirates at Miller Park tomorrow night. In a roughly 25 hour stretch starting tonight they'll play two baseball games and log roughly 1750 air miles in between.
The Brewers have 26 days this season where they play in a city on one day, then a different city the next. This, as you might expect, is the shortest turnaround.
|Date||Departing||Arriving||Game 1 Time||Game 2 Time||Air Miles||Est. Time Between Arrival/Game|
|May 31||Los Angeles||MKE||9:10 pm||7:10 pm||1750||13 hours, 30 minutes|
|September 2||MKE||Miami||1:10 pm||12:10 pm||1260||15 hours, 29 minutes|
|May 15||New York||Houston||6:10 pm||7:05 pm||1410||17 hours, 6 minutes|
|May 17||Houston||MKE||7:05 pm||7:10 pm||985||17 hours, 7 minutes|
|June 14||Kansas City||Minnesota||7:10 pm||7:10 pm||394||18 hours, 13 minutes|
This chart operates under the following assumptions:
- A three hour baseball game in the departing city, which is roughly the median time of Brewer games in 2012.
- A two hour window between the end of the game in the departing city and the team flight taking off. This is probably optimistic.
- An average flight speed of 500 mph.
The best Brewer trip of 2012, by this measure, is their last one. They'll play an 11:35 am game in Cincinnati on September 27, then fly home for a 7:10 start the next night. Their estimated time between arrival and the first pitch of the home game is 25 hours and 57 minutes.