Major League Baseball released its 2013 schedule on Wednesday, giving teams a preview of next year's schedule before this year is even complete. Still, there are a few games and series worth circling on your calendar for next year’s campaign. Namely, a new format for the Battle of the Beltways.
The Nationals will take on the Miami Marlins on Opening Day, which is April 1, 2013. The Marlins could look very different again after a huge letdown year after this offseason.
The Nats will take on the AL Central during interleague play this year, but it will be a bit different than in previous seasons. Instead of a chunk of series in June pushed together, it will be spread out, with one series against the AL each month through August. The Chicago White Sox will come to Nationals Park for just the third series of the season from April 9 through April 11.
They’ll get the Detroit Tigers for a two-game series on May 7 and 8, and they’ll go to Detroit for two on July 30 and 31. and they’ll get the Baltimore Orioles for four straight from May 27 (Memorial Day) through May 30. The first two will be at Nats Park with the last two at Camden Yards.
In June, the Minnesota Twins come to town from June 6 through June 9, and Nats fans will be reunited with Josh Willingham and Ben Goessling, the former MASN beat writer for the Nats who know covers the Twins. If you’re not Goessling, you’re guessing.
Sadly, the Kansas City Royals series from August 23 through August 25 will not be in DC, so you’ll have to try to catch their young stars another time.
- Opening Day is on April Fool’s Day.
- Mother’s Day will be a home game against the Chicago Cubs on May 12.
The Nats will get the Orioles on Memorial Day, but they will be away for the weekend series preceding it.
- Independence Day will be celebrated in our Nation’s Capital again, this time against the Milwaukee Brewers. No times have been released for the schedule, but expect a very early game, perhaps in the AM hours like this year.
Labor Day is September 1 this year, and the Nats will be home to face the New York Mets
Finally, the season will end in September, making baseball purists everywhere happy. The last home series for the Nats will be a four gamer with the Marlins from September 19 through September 22. They’ll then head to St. Louis and Arizona for the final two series of the season, which ends on September 29.
It’s impossible to know exactly how next season will play out, because this season isn’t over, and lots of things can happen in the offseason to change the makeup of a team. However, it’s good to know what days you need to totally dedicate yourself to the Nationals next year more than six months early. But, if you’re like me, it’ll be all 162 days there are games scheduled, anyways.