Major League Baseball has just announced the schedule for the shortened 2020 season, including all the games that will be played on the Opening Day on July 23rd-24th. The Miami Marlins will stay with the same opponent and face the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, July 24th. The schedule was released during a special broadcast on MLB Network today at 6:00 PM ET.
The First Marlins-Phillies meeting of the year will happen at 7:05 PM Eastern on July 24th. This is the day when most of the teams will get their campaigns underway after a night of two primetime clashes on July 23rd. The only change to the Marlins’ opening game is that it will take place at Citizens Bank Park instead of Marlins Park. The team was to start the season against Philly on March 26th at their home venue.
The Washington Nationals will welcome the New York Yankees in a primetime game on ESPN on Thursday at 7:00 PM ET. Then, the Los Angeles Dodgers will face the San Francisco Giants at 10:00 PM ET on July 23rd.
The traditional Friday opening day will feature 13 games. Braves-Mets (4:10 PM ET) and Brewers-Cubs (7:10 PM ET) are live on national television. Meanwhile, FOX will start the league’s broadcast TV schedule with a tripleheader on Saturday.
The Marlins will face NL East opponents in 40 games. Moreover, each series will consist of 6/4 or a 7/3 home/away split. In addition, Miami will play six games each against each of the five AL East teams.
Miami will have to face the hardest strength opponents of any schedule in all of Major League Baseball (.534 opponents’ winning percentage).
The toughest stretch on the Marlins schedule seems to be near the end of August. Miami will face Atlanta for three games, the Mets for four, Nationals for four, Mets for three, and the Rays for three. In addition, all opponents on the September schedule had a winning percentage in 2019, except for the Blue Jays.
After the Phillies, the Marlins will play a pair of two-game series at home and away against the Orioles. Baltimore and Toronto make up the only two opponents on the 2020 Miami Marlins schedule that didn’t finish over .500. Therefore, 52 of the team’s 60 games will be against winning teams.
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