12 Sep 2012
I always like when MLB issues the schedule for next year as it gives you a chance to dream of some exciting matchups next season. For the Yankees let’s take it month by month.
Opening Day is a home game and it is April 1st vs the Red Sox. That should be good. They then take a trip to the Midwest with games in Detroit and Cleveland before returning home to face the 2012 AL East champion Orioles (kidding I think) Their first interleague series will be a good one, Arizona returning to Yankee Stadium is always entertaining and then it’s back on the road to face Toronto and Tampa before coming home to face Tampa. The month closes out with a series against the AL’s newest club, Houston.
The 2012 AL Champion A’s visit during the first weekend of May. The Yankees then play their second interleague season in Colorado before swinging through Kansas City and then a homestand against the Mariners and Blue Jays. A quick jaunt to Baltimore and Tampa will be followed by a four-game Subway Series, two at Citi and two at the Stadium. The Yankees close out May and open June hosting Boston again.
Cleveland follows the Red Sox and then the Yankees do their first swing out to the left coast with the usually nine-game swing through Seattle, Oakland and Anaheim. They come home for two home games versus the Dodgers. (It will be weird to see Mattingly in a road uniform.) The Rays and 2012 World Series champion Rangers follow the Dodgers into the Stadium. A road trip to Baltimore on the final weekend of June wraps up the month and gives me an excuse to go get some blue crabs.
July opens with four games in Minnesota before the Orioles, Royals and Twins come to town. The Yankees’ All-Stars will then take a bus seven miles to Citi Field for the All-Star Game followed by their first visit to Boston of 2013! They then head to Texas for four and return home to face Tampa. The Yankees then play two in LA against the Dodgers to close out July.
Three games in San Diego open August followed by three in Chicago against the White Sox. Detroit and Anaheim come in for a homestand and then the Yankees head back to Boston, come home for three against Toronto and then play the Rays and Jays on the road before closing out the month at home against Baltimore.
That Orioles’ series kicks off September with the White Sox and Red Sox closing out the homestand. The Yankees play the next 10 on the road with 4 in Baltimore, 3 in Boston and 3 in Toronto. They return home to face the Giants in their final interleague series and the Rays before closing things out in Houston.
So, some weird things that stick out are the fact that the Yankees will visit Boston 9 times after the All-Star Break. Only four games against the Mets and ending the season in Houston.
Only 200 days to Opening Day!