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Highlights from the 2013 MLB schedule

Sep 12, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

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MLB released its 2013 schedule with a couple of surprises today. One nice one: a scheduled doubleheader between the Rangers and Diamondbacks on Memorial Day (May 27).

As expected, Opening Day will revert back to Monday next year after midweek openers the last two seasons. There are currently 12 games slated for April 1, including a Red Sox-Yankees matchup and an interleague game featuring the Angels and Reds. After the World Series, ESPN will pick one of those 12 games to move up to Sunday night for its season kickoff.

The Astros will play their first game as an American League team when they host the Rangers on on April 2. It’s the shift of the Astros to the AL, creating two 15-team leagues, that will necessitate daily interleague games throughout the season. However, MLB has still scheduled a chunk of interleague play around the Memorial Day holiday. That week will feature some very unusual back-to-back two-game series between rivals.

As such, the Mets will host the Yankees on Monday and Tuesday and then go to Yankee Stadium for games Wednesday and Thursday. Similar arrangements will play out between the Cubs and White Sox; the Red Sox and Phillies; the Angels and Dodgers; the Orioles and Nationals; and the Giants and A’s, as well as others.

That every division will now have five teams makes for a particularly challenging schedule. Yet MLB has done its best to close the season with as many divisional matchups as possible (which is 12). Next year’s season-ending series will include Angels-Rangers, Red Sox-Orioles, Rockies-Dodgers, Phillies-Braves, Padres-Giants and Cubs-Cardinals. The Yankees will get the Astros to finish the season, while the Tigers will face the Marlins in the final interleague series.

  1. natstowngreg - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    From a quick and dirty check of the Nats’ schedule, I count 20 interleague games, 2 more than before. Four games each (a pair of 2-games series) vs. the Orioles and Tigers; and one 3-game series against the White Sox, Twins, Indians, and Royals. Ironically, the Twins, who were the original Washington Nationals, are the only AL team to not play interleague games in Washington.

    I’m not a fan of 2-game series, but think getting to see teams from the other league outweighs that. Interleague games will make up about an eighth of the Nats’ schedule, instead of a ninth. Seems to me to not be too many.

  2. cur68 - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Will they play the change up DH rules next season that Bud talked about? Y’know, where the DH plays in NL parks and the pitchers get to flail helplessly around in AL parks? I sure hope so. Can’t wait to see if its true that Sabbathia would be good at the 8th too in New Yankee Stadium.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      Intriguing idea. If it annoys the anti-DH troglodytes, I’m all for it. :)

      • cur68 - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        Word

  3. gerryb323 - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Ah yes, the centuries old rivalry that is Red Sox-Phillies….all 49 games of it

    • paperlions - Sep 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Ah yes, the centuries old rivalry that is the Red Sox-Mariners, Red Sox-Twins, Red Sox-Royals…..what’s your point? There are always crappy intra-league games, if a game is going to be crappy, at least let it me a relatively novel matchup while it sucks.

      • gerryb323 - Sep 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        My point is that MLB continues to parade its interleague “rivalries”, maintaining certain opponents for certain teams. Cubs/White Sox, fine. Yankees/Mets, makes sense. But to randomly assign a certain “rival” as in the case of Red Sox/Phillies is just silly. As are most of the rest of the interleague matchups. Why designate the “rival”?

      • paperlions - Sep 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

        Well, yeah….but MLB is in the BUSINESS of baseball, they want to make money, and those games will draw far more attention than more mundane games.

        Remember MLB is not really interested in competition or fairness or anything else that doesn’t directly translate into $….they are just using baseball as a mechanism to make money. I mean, they have an owner that has never seen his team play a single time.

  4. beefytrout - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    When was the last time a double header was scheduled?

    • phipfwe76 - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      I believe there was one last season between the Angels and A’s. But that was the first one for quite some time.

  5. willclarkgameface - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Much like everything Bud does I want to say this is a clusterfuck even without viewing the entire schedule.

    I hate the Red Sox-Yankees on opening day. Why on Earth do we need that?

    Also, why do we still need to do “feature” interleague match-ups? We get interleague (unfortunately) every day now.

    And Astros in the AL is going to be LAME. Sorry. It sucks. Should have put the Brewers back in the AL.

    • willclarkgameface - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      And no Dodgers – Giants to end the season? REALLY?!?!?!?!?

      Bud sucks.

      • gogigantos - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:52 AM

        True that, Bud sucks.
        What up with a whole week in NY in September, Mets and Yankees? Why September? A week in NY is cool, but in September?

    • gerryb323 - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      Who would go in the AL West then? The Royals? The Brewers since they’re moving anyway? Buddy wouldn’t put his team through that.

      • rcl23 - Sep 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        Arizona should be in the AL West and keep the Astros in the NL and move them to the NL West

      • adcoop22 - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM

        Why should AZ be thrown into the AL west over a team that has never won a world series? They may not be one of the old boys, but they have more tradition than the Brewers and Astros combined.

      • gogigantos - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:53 AM

        AZ should have gone to the AL per the original agreement bringing them into the league. Colangelo &*&%*$&&(&%&%, Selig *(&&(*%&%*(&*(^

    • muskyhunter2542 - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Why? The Brewers are a team that made the NL playoffs 2 of the last 3 years and are poised to possibly make it again this year… The Astros have done what!?!?!?!
      The Brewers have drawn 3 million fans 4 years in a row. The Brewers are built as an NL team… The Astros are built as a joke!!!

      • willclarkgameface - Sep 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

        The Brewers are the team the Used Car Salesman built. They should have never moved from the AL to begin with and should have been placed in the AL West in 1995.

        And let’s not forget that the Astros history, while not seriously lined with postseason appearances, is still longer than the Brewers.

        I’ll also mention that I absolutely hate the Brewers and think Ryan Braun is a douche.

      • muskyhunter2542 - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        I think that you are a douche

  6. sportsdrenched - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Glad they put Opening Day back on Monday. While the past few days have been interesting. Opening Day seems like it should be on Monday.

    Scheduled Double Headers are cool, now lets see more of them.

    I think MLB botched this schedule release thing. Surely they should have had an hour long special on MLB Network to announce it and have expert analysis? I would have cleared my schedule for that….but not really.

  7. sdelmonte - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    I like getting the Subway Series down to four games, and off the weekends. Less hype for all.

    The thing that bothers me the most about the schedule is that the Mets open at home against the Padres and the Marlins. I know that inevitably some cold weather teams will start the season at home, but it’s absurd to not have as many warm weather/dome teams start the season at home to forestall hitting snow delays and shivering fans at least a little while longer.

  8. mikeinthevine - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Another part of the interleague joke. The disaster brought on by the used car salesman. I’m not what you would label a hardcore traditionalist but this interleague crap is ruining Major League Baseball.

    • willclarkgameface - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      But hey, Buddy boy says that’s what the fans want. And they also don’t want instant replay. And they definitely want Yankees-Mets and White Sox-Cubs so we NEED to do it everywhere, especially when get keystone matchups like Boston-Philly and Anaheim-Cincinnati.

      Interleague play has definitely ruined the postseason.

      The unbalanced schedule, however, has ruined it almost as much, but never really gets spoken about. How about all those ridiculous match-ups of Yankees-Red Sox that got played in 2003 and 2004, making the ALCS bigger than the World Series. Was Yankees-Marlins watchable? NOPE. How about Red Sox-Cardinals? I suppose slightly more-so than the 2003 Series, but nothing was going to eclipse that ALCS thanks to the way MLB promotes that “rivalry” (which isn’t even a rivalry…it’s two teams intertwined by one silly transaction) and the way all these news schmucks report on it.

      I can’t even remember the last time I was seriously excited for the World Series and the match-ups we were given.

      The 162 game schedule is the most grueling sports schedule on the planet, a PLAYOFF system already put into place. Now we get a play-in game and NLDS giving luck the upper hand rather than letting those teams that were able to gut it our for 162 the opportunity to get what is rightfully theirs.

      Bud sucks.

      • gogigantos - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        pretty sure you and I were very happy about 2010

  9. lucidsportsfan - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    It seems silly to me that MLB would schedule rivalries like Sox/Yanks on Opening Day, just a waste of big games. That and beginning the season in cold weather are totally unnecessary. http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/2012_09_09_archive.html#3554834968400870885

  10. bmfischer - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    The Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds have an interesting interleague match-up around Memorial Day. Monday and Tuesday games in Cincinnati then Wednesday and Thursday in Cleveland. Have to say I don’t like it

  11. JB (the original) - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    They definitely screwed up the natural rival series. Sounds like they are all like the Twins/Brewers one– games in one town Mon/Tue and the other on Wed/Thu. Considering that the idea is to get fans excited about the natural (and typically “next door neighbor”) rivalry and to spur roadtrips to the rival’s park and all that sort of thing, why the hell would you schedule the games for during the week when no one is available to travel?

    We would always take Friday off for the annual roadtrip to Milwaukee for the weekend series, but I guess that’s not in the cards anymore….

  12. blues1988 - Sep 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    wish they would have made cards vs angels series in St. Louis instead of Anaheim. As a Cardinals fan I would love to see the fans reaction when Pujols came up to bat. i can’t decide if i would boo him or just do nothing at all. Pretty sure most of St. Louis is over the whole Pujols thing but still would have been interesting, maybe 2014….

  13. natslady - Sep 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Yeah, they did the same for Nats-Orioles, Memorial day plus the three days after. Those games always fill both parks on weekends, why shift three of the games to weekdays? Traffic will be nightmarish.

    May 27-28 vs. Orioles (AL)
    May 29-30 at Orioles (AL)

  14. shockgee - Sep 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Oh I’m sure Joe Girardi will find something to complain about with the 2 home 2 away games against the Mets. Doesn’t he always when it does not favor his Yankees? There’s a manager who goes to bat for his team and there is Girardi, biggest cry-baby manager in all of MLB history. Just look at the recent downward spiral spin NY is doing, yet he still whines and cries when things don’t go his way. Friggin’ reptile face.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

      Oh I’m sure Joe Girardi will find something to complain about with the 2 home 2 away games against the Mets

      Wtf are you talking about? The Yanks and Mets have always played a 6 game home and home series, every year since interleague began.

      Friggin’ reptile face.

      Oh I see, you’re just a moron.

  15. simon94022 - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    I have yet to hear of a Milwaukee fan who wanted the Brewers in the American League. It always seems that fans of other AL teams harp on this.

  16. denny65 - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    What? No traditional Opening Day game in Tokyo between the Mariners and As?

    Bud obviously has no respect for the game.

  17. Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Long schedule. I guess we’ll just have to play ‘em one game at a time.

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