We’re now one step closer to seeing players back on the field in Major League Baseball following Monday’s news that a schedule had been released. Headlining the day of action will be a pair of games that feature defending World Series champions Washington taking on the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers facing the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, July 23rd.
A day later, the rest of the teams will kick off. Each team has 60 regular season games, 40 of which are against their divisional foes (10 games against each) and 20 which will be against teams from the opposite league’s same division. This has led to some teams having much harder schedules than others, so the Wild Card races could be compromised a bit by that. One interesting note is that the final day of the regular season- slated for September 27th- will be very European. All 30 teams (so, 15 games) will start at 3 PM as they hope to make the playoffs, potentially setting us up for a ton of drama. The playoffs, of course, will remain with just five teams per league, putting a real premium on consistency- both early and deep in the season as well.