We have known for awhile that the Cincinnati Red will begin their 2020 campaign on Thursday, March 26th, with the St. Louis Cardinals in town for Opening Day. What we didn’t yet know until today, though, was how the rest of the 2020 schedule would shake out, particularly regarding the start times for their road games.
That changed today, as the Reds announced the full details of their 2020 slate, so you can now begin to make more specific details regarding your road trips to see the Reds climb back towards relevance this season.
Of particular note is their mid-April trek to New York to face off with the Yankees the 17th through the 19th, as both the Saturday and Sunday games in that series are now set for 1:05 PM ET matinee starts after Friday’s evening opener.
May features a whopper of a 10 game road trip, one that features zero off-days and will send the Reds to face the World Champion Nationals, up to New York again to face the Mets, and finally off to see me in the mountains for a 4-game set against the Colorado Rockies. (P.S. Come visit! I like beer and don’t bite too hard.)
You’ll get a large dose of #LateNightReds as June turns into July, as the calendar-spanning road trip west will see the Reds play the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks in back to back road series, with 6 of the 7 games featuring start times of 9:40 PM ET or later.
If you’re heading to Boston to check Fenway Park off your bucket list, the schedule doesn’t do your travel plans a ton of favors, unfortunately. The Reds and Red Sox will play a 2-game set on August 18th and 19th, a quick 2-game set where both games are 7:10 PM ET starts. No getaway-day scheduling there, which might burn the Reds as they have no off-day that Thursday and instead will begin what could be a pivotal 4-game series in Milwaukee against the Brewers on the night of the 19th.
Finally, September figures to seriously test whether the Reds have the stamina to stick around in what figures to be a crowded NL Playoff race, as 16 of their final 22 games will be road tilts. The final 7 figure to be quite winnable on-paper, as they’ll travel to Miami for a trio of games beginning September 21st before heading to Pittsburgh to wrap the regular season with a 4-game set. It’s the 9-game road trip earlier in the month that could cause some tense moments, however, as the Reds head to Chicago to take on the Cubs, Milwaukee to take on the Beers, and wrap it with a 4-game set in what figures to be breezy, chilly San Francisco against the pesky Giants.
Given that we’ve finally got some damn reasonable expectations for how a Reds season will unfurl, and given that they’re generally trending in an ever more positive direction, this is precisely the kind of info we all should be able to use to start planning how to see our Reds finally win some baseball games in person in 2020. Don your caps & Shogo jerseys and flood ballparks around the continent this year, wouldya?