We have the Yankees 2020 schedule, following MLB’s announcement just now. As we knew, Opening Day will be July 23 against the Nationals at 7pm on ESPN. It will be the first game of the MLB season for anyone, and it’s a good one: Gerrit Cole vs. Max Scherzer, anyone? I’ll take it! Here is the whole schedule, minus dates:
The pandemic-related changes here seem to work out in the Yankees’ favor, in my estimation:
- 40 of the 60 games (66%) are inter-divisional matchups, with 10 games each against the Blue Jays, Orioles, Rays, and Red Sox. Last year, for reference, the Yankees went 54-22 (.710) against these teams.
- Of the 20 games against the Red Sox and Rays, 13 (65%) will be at home. Who knows if that matters without the fans, but it feels like an advantage in any case.
- The Yankees will face off against the NL East for the other 20 games. They play the Mets 6 times, Nationals and Marlins thrice each, and the Phillies and Braves 4 times apiece. (There is no real frame of reference here, as the Yanks’ split their 4 games with the Mets in 2019 and played no other games against the division. The Yanks are better than 4 of these teams, at least, in my view.)
- Put another way, this means that 13 of the 60 (22%) games this season will be the Yankees matching up against the Orioles and Marlins. Prettay, prettay, prettay good.
We’ll have more on the implications of all of this in the days to come, and I’ll update this with the actual schedule once it’s available. Until then, there’s an almost-real Yankees game on YES in about an hour. I’m excited to check it out.
UPDATE (6:31pm): Here is the full schedule.
60 games in 67 days! It’s going to be a real sprint of a season. I’d guess the Yanks’ well-practiced methods of resting stars and managing the pen will be even more important this year.