Major League Baseball released their revised 2020 schedule on Monday and we break down what challenges the Seattle Mariners can look forward to.
Monday saw the release of the updated schedule for the 2020 MLB regular season. Here are our five takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ schedule:
- Home security replaced by away uncertainty
When the original 2020 regular season schedule was released, the Mariners were slated to begin their campaign in the friendly confines of T-Mobile Park. However, the revised schedule will now see them start this year with a seven-game road trip.
What makes this somewhat unsettling, is that the road trip will begin with four games in Houston against the Astros, and conclude with a three-game series in Anaheim, versus the Angeles. Both areas have experienced a major spike in positive COVID-19 cases of late, so it is imperative everything possible is done to keep the players safe.
2. Home sweet home
We appreciate any potential homefield advantage will be at a minimum this season, with no fans allowed at MLB ballparks for the majority — if not all — of the 2020 season. Regardless, players will still feel a better level of comfort playing at home, especially in a season as unique as this one.
In this respect, the Mariners’ home opener will see them face the divisional rival Oakland Athletics in the first of a four-game series. In all, the inaugural home-stand will consist of 10 games in total, with three each against the Angels and Colorado Rockies.
3. Home versus away
In all, the Mariners’ 30 home games will be broken down into four home-stands of 10, five, seven and eight games respectively. Of the 30 home games, 20 will begin in the evening, with first pitch usually being at 6:10 pm or 6:40 pm.
Turning to the road schedule, as well as the start of the season, the Mariners will also conclude the 2020 campaign away from home. In all they will have five road trips, consisting of seven, eight, seven, five and three games respectively.
4. AL West-loaded schedule
As part of the revised 2020 schedule, the Mariners will play the majority of their games against the AL West. This means 10 games versus each of their divisional rivals and 40 in total, with 20 at home and 20 on the road.
The toughest challenge with this is that seven of the 10 games against the Astros will be on the road, where the M’s were 0-10 last year. Overall, they was an uninspiring 1-18 against Houston, who had the best record in the Majors and won the AL pennant.
5. Other notes
The Mariners will play six games against their Vedder Cup rivals, the San Diego Padres.
Seattle will face the San Franciso Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers four times each.
The remainder of the schedule will see three games against both the Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Mariners will have six off-days during the 2020 regular season, with two in August and four in September.
What stands out to you most from the release of the updated 2020 MLB schedule? Do you believe the shorter regular season will help the Seattle Mariners’ chances of qualifying for the postseason? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.