Considering the Yankees have had their own issues in these last three weeks of the season, it seems almost perverse to look forward to next season already. But if you're like us and immediately start making travel plans depending on the next season's schedule ... yesterday was a good day for you. The 2013 Major League Baseball schedule is out!
The major difference next season is that, because there are now fifteen teams in the National League and fifteen in the American League — now that Houston is in the AL West — there will be interleague play every day. (The first interleague opener is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at the Cincinnati Reds.) As is usually the case, all you can really dig into for the next season's sked is which team you play first, which you play last, and which you play interleague. So, let's look at the Yankees and Mets.
First, remember that there are only four Subway Series games next year, all in the same week. May 27 and 28 will be at Citi Field; May 29 and 30 will be at Yankee Stadium. Now individually:
Opening Day: April 1, vs. Boston.
Last Game of Season: September 29, at Houston. (That park is insane, by the way. Though they might get rid of the flagpole in center field next year.)
Interleague Home Series: vs. Arizona (April 16–18), vs. L.A. Dodgers (June 18–19), vs. San Francisco (September 20–22).
Interleague Road Series: at Colorado (May 7–9), at L.A. Dodgers (July 30–31), at San Diego (August 2–4)
Opening Day: April 1, vs. San Diego
Last Game of Season: September 29, vs. Milwaukee.
Interleague Home Series: vs. Chicago White Sox (May 7–8), Kansas City (August 2–4), vs. Detroit (August 23–25)
Interleague Road Series: at Minnesota (April 12–14, brrrr), at Chicago White Sox (June 25–26), at Cleveland (September 6–8).
Go thee to Kayak and buy those plane tickets now.