The 2020 MLB schedule has arrived. Major League Baseball revealed the 60-game schedule Monday night during a live MLB Network broadcast. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced MLB to play a shortened season -- 60 games will be tied for the shortest MLB season ever with the 1877 campaign -- though the postseason will remain the standard 10-team format.
To reduce travel among the pandemic, all 30 clubs will play 40 games against their division rivals plus 20 total games against the corresponding geographic division in the other league (East vs. East, Central vs. Central, West vs. West). The unbalanced schedule is not fair, necessarily, but nothing about this year has been fair. MLB is doing the best it can with the schedule.
The MLB schedule reveal doesn't carry quite the same weight as the NFL or college football schedule reveal, especially this year because we already know the breakdown, but that doesn't mean we aren't looking forward to specific matchups. Here are eight series we can't wait to see during the 60-game mad dash, listed chronologically.
1. July 23-26: New York Yankees at Washington Nationals
MLB is not messing around. They want to generate as much intrigue as possible following the shutdown and pitting the Yankees, a legitimate World Series contender and also THE YANKEES, against the defending World Series champs on Opening Day is a good way to do it. The Yankees will be in Washington to begin the season. Gerrit Cole will presumably make his Yankees debut that night and be opposed by Max Scherzer. The two were supposed to face off in Game 5 of the World Series last year, before Scherzer's neck acted up. Better late than never though. Cole vs. Scherzer to begin the season is as good as it gets.
2. July 24-26: Colorado Rockies at Texas Rangers
There is nothing special about this matchup -- the Rangers and Rockies have basically zero history -- but the opening series will be the first ever series at the new Globe Life Field in Arlington. Joey Gallo recently told reporters the new ballpark is "playing big as hell" during batting practice, which would be the polar opposite of the team's old digs. Globe Life Park was a hitter's haven. Globe Life Field may be the opposite. We'll get our first taste of the world's largest Home Depot in a little more than two weeks.
3. Aug. 14-16: Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels
The 2020 edition of the Freeway Series will kick off in mid August and never before has it been this star-studded. Reigning MVPs Mike Trout and Cody Bellinger will be joined by former MVP Mookie Betts, World Series champion Anthony Rendon, and incumbents like three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, inner-circle Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, rising star Walker Buehler, all-world defender Andrelton Simmons, and FAR (Fun Above Replacement) king Shohei Ohtani. Five former MVPs (Betts, Bellinger, Kershaw, Pujols, Trout) totaling nine awards will be on the same field this series. If that's not a record, it has to be damn close.