On Monday, Major League Baseball released the 2020 regular season schedule, which you can find here:
The schedule features the Los Angeles Dodgers squaring off on opening day, March 26th, at home against division rivals, the San Francisco Giants. The season opener will be followed by an odd day off before completing the 3-game series. Immediately following the Dodgers – Giants opening series, the Dodgers will close out March Baseball with another 3-game series at home against the Colorado Rockies.
The Dodgers will start and close their all regular season games with the Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, and Pittsburg Pirates in the month of April. Those 3 match ups will feature the Dodgers facing off against the Nationals 6 times in 14 days, the Cardinals 7 times in 11 days, and the Pirates 6 times in a 10-day span. This sets up a fun NLDS and NLCS should the Dodgers and any of them advance that far together. Additionally, the Dodgers close out the month of April with 2 interleague home games against the Minnesota Twins.
The month of May set up some potentially fun player match ups. The Dodgers will once again get to see what a 330-Million-Dollar-Man looks like when they face-off against Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies. The two teams will see also start and close their regular season games against each other in quick form as the compete 6 times in 9 days.
The Dodgers will welcome Yasiel Puig and the Cleveland Indians to Chavez Ravine the 22nd-24th. Look for Puig and his saliva clean bat to be in energetic form as he is back on a contending team.
Last, but not least, the Dodgers will close out May on the road against the New York Mets. Can you say, Gingergaard vs. Syndergaard? With Dustin May arriving at the big league level this season and Noah Syndergaard vocally opposing the nickname, the tension of a potential matchup between the two is palpable.
June features what expects to be an action-packed 6 games against the young and talented, Atlanta Braves. June will also feature 7 games in 10 days against the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the rivalry that got even bigger last Friday, any game is bound to be exciting against the D-backs. Additionally, June will see the Detroit Tigers come to town for a 3-game series.
Obviously, the highlight for July will be All-Star Week at Dodger Stadium. The Futures Game and Celebrity Softball will both take place on July 12th, the Home Run Derby on July 13th, and the 91st All-Star Game on July 14th.
Also notable in July for the Dodgers is their Freeway Series against interleague rivals the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Whatever matchup nickname you want to use Blue Crew vs. Brew Crew or Belli vs Yelli, the Dodgers squaring off against the Brewers will be forever be fun since 2018’s NLCS.
August again bring the possibility of a May vs. Syndergaard match-up when the Mets come to Los Angeles for a 4-game series August 6th – August 9th. The Dodgers will hopefully “Fly the L!” when they visit Wrigley Field to play a 4-game series against the Chicago Cubs. Lastly, Dodger fans will feel like Manny Machado is back as the San Diego Padres will play at Dodgers Stadium 7 times in August.
September figures to be a very difficult month for the Dodgers if they are in a tight race for a playoff spot as they will play just 8 out of 23 games at home. September features a short 2-game series in Arizona against the D-backs, a 4-game series against the Brewers in Milwaukee, and 3-game interleague series in Chicago against the White Sox before playing their final 14 games all against NL West opponents.
The Dodgers have won their division 6 consecutive years and will likely win their 7th this year. With that kind of success, the list of rivals grow each year as opposing teams use the Dodgers as a barometer for their own potential. This schedule is filled with many such rivals. Add in 15 out of 23 road games in the final month and this proves to be a challenging 2020 season if any team is within striking distance of the Dodgers for the NL Division title.