Right on schedule, MLB delivered its 2014 team schedules. The season starts with another overseas sojourn, as the Dodgers and Diamondbacks will play two games at the venerable Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia. The North American slate begins on Monday, March 31, which is the first time in recent memory that the networks are bypassing a single Sunday game opener. The final day of the season will be Sunday, September 28. As usual, times for most games are to be announced, though based on how these things usually go you can guess what times the games will be played.
Without further ado, here’s the first half schedule:
Now the second half:
Surprises? Obviously, the A’s aren’t cursed with facing Felix Hernandez on Opening Day. But they won’t avoid him during the first week, as the M’s come in immediately after the series with the Indians, with the King likely to pitch on Saturday. Other observations:
- Interleague matchups will be the usual home-and-home 4-game series against the Giants in June. Against the NL East, the A’s are also matched up 4-game, home-and-home against the Mets. They have 2 road series against the Marlins and Braves, and 2 home series against the Nationals and Phillies.
- There are no truly grueling stretches of play. The longest streaks of consecutive games played are 17 going into the All Star Break and 17 in August, most of the latter trip at home.
- The Yankees and Red Sox only visit once each, bookending a mid-June homestand.
Personally, I’m eyeing a return to Citi Field on June 24-25, when the A’s are in town. That should be followed up by a trip to Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden for the NBA Draft on June 26. Later this week I’ll put together the league travel schedule grid, which will help me (and maybe you) plan additional ballpark endeavors. Downloadable schedules are available in the left sidebar under Travel Tools.