The MLB Schedule recently came out on Monday night and we have some great games to look forward to in the 2020 MLB shortened Season.
How the season will work: 1. 60 games; Each team will play 10 games against each of the other teams in their division, for a total of 40 games. 2. Each team will play 20 inter-league games against their comparable division (AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central, and AL West vs. NL West). Opening day will be July 23 with 2 games being played and then the rest of the teams would play July 24th. The regular season is set to end September 27th. The postseason format stays the same, and don't forget about the rule changes; Universal DH, three batter minimum for pitchers, and extra innings will start with a runner on 2nd base.
Now lets get into the top games of the season and the matchups we can't wait to see;
Opening Day July 23rd; Washington Nationals vs. New York Yankees. The reigning World Series champs are set to face the New York Yankees on July 23rd and we couldn't be more excited. With the Yankees stacked team whether it's Judge, Stanton, Torres, LeMahieu, etc. the Yankees are stacked. On the Nationals side with Zimmerman opting out it does not help their case but they still have Soto, Turner, Thames, Kendrick, Eaton, etc. We're hoping the pitching matchups in this game are newly acquired Yankees Pitcher Gerrit Cole and Strikeout leader in 2019 vs. Max Scherzer the man who went 11-7 last year with a 2.92 ERA. We can't wait.
Another date to mark on your calendars would be July 28th - 29th. The Los Angeles Dodgers are set to battle the Houston Astros in an NL West vs. AL West matchup. The Dodgers are one of those teams that are going to have one of the best seasons in this 60 game season. After they acquired Mookie Betts on top of having Bellinger, Kershaw, Pederson, Seager, Turner, and more; that is an absolutely stacked team. With David Price Sitting this season out it does not help the Dodgers but we will get to see a 2017 World Series Rematch between these 2 sides.
The Dates to Circle: August 21st-23rd. The Chicago Whitesox will battle the Chicago Cubs in this matchup. After the Whitesox Stellar offseason with big name signings of Yasmani Grandal, Dallas Keuchel, Edwin Encarnacion, Gio Gonzalez and more the Whitesox might be one of the most slept on teams in the MLB. The pitching is now finally there now that they have Gio Gonzalez, Keuchel, Giolito, and more, the Whitesox are set. Now on the Cubs side of things they have a very similar team to the Whitesox. Everything is there. When it comes to pitching they have Jose Quintana, Yu Darvish, Jon Lester, and more their pitching is set. For offense they have Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward and more. I am looking forward to seeing this Chicago vs. Chicago matchup we usually don't get to see.
On September 11th-13th the Reds will battle the Cardinals. The Reds were one of the most active teams this offseason with the addition of Mike Moustakas, Nicholas Castellanos, plus they have Trevor Bauer, Luis Castillo, and Sonny Gray. The Reds might have the best starting rotation in their division and they are set after the additions in the offseason and already having Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, and Arstides Aquino, do not sleep on the Reds this year to potentially sneak into a playoff spot. For the Cardinals, they have done really well against the Reds since 2011 and won all series' against the Reds.
Lastly, the last week of the season concludes with an LA vs. LA matchup. The Angels and Dodgers will clash in the final days of the regular season. I already went over how good the Dodgers are going to be with all of their talent offensively and defensively. For the Angels, every year it seems as if the talent is there but they never show it. With Mike Trout potentially sitting out this season that obviously won't help the Angels, but after the addition of Anthony Rendon and already having Shohei Othani who can pitch and hit, I feel as if it's time for the Angels to have a good season and i think they will sneak into a potential playoff spot.