We’re not even done with the 2016 MLB season yet, but it’s never too early to look start thinking about next year. Earlier today the 2017 MLB schedule was released. What does a quick look at the schedule reveal about the journey the Cincinnati Reds will be on come April?
Once again the season will open with three games on Sunday (April 2) before a full-slate of games on Monday (April 3). Those Sunday openers will feature the Yankees vs. the Rays, the Giants vs. the Diamondbacks, and a TBD Sunday night matchup.
The Reds will open the season at home against the Philadelphia Phillies. Faithful readers of Red Reporter will want to circle Wednesday April 5 as the date of our annual Game Two extravaganza. Following that opening home series the Reds will head to St. Louis for an early season contest against the Cardinals. The month of April then proceeds as follows: at Pittsburgh, home for Milwaukee, home for Baltimore (the Orioles first appearance at GABP since 2005), home for Chicago (Cubs), at Milwaukee, and at St. Louis.
There are several series of note next season. The New York Yankees will make their way to GABP for the first time since 2011 (May 8 and 9). Cincinnati will play in Tampa Bay from June 19-21, and they’ll head to Toronto for the first time since 2009 (May 29-31). The Reds/Rockies game on July 4th is noteworthy. As of now, it’s the only scheduled night game for the day. However, there are a handful of games with TBD game times.
The All-Star Game will take play on Tuesday July 11 in Miami. Cincinnati opens the second-half of the season with a ten game home stand beginning with the Nationals. While the Reds final stretch is loaded with NL Central rivals, they will welcome the Red Sox to town on September 22.
Cincinnati’s final home game will be Sunday September 24 against the Red Sox. The season closes with a three game series at Wrigley Field.
The entire schedule can now be found on the Reds website.