Sep
15

Yanks’ 2011 slate wraps in September

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Even though the Yanks still have 17 regular season games left before the 2010 campaign heads to the postseason, Major League Baseball has unveiled the schedule for 2011. To avoid the spectre of November baseball, Opening Day is a Thursday in March, the season ends on Wednesday, September 28 and the playoffs could, in fact, begin before October does.

For the Yankees and for all of baseball, Opening Day 2011 will be Thursday, March 31. Coming two days after my birthday, that’s a great present. The Bombers will start the season at home against the Detroit Tigers. I’m already anticipating a CC Sabathia/Justin Verlander duel, but be prepared to dress warmly as average March 31 highs are only around 56 degrees.

If a Thursday opener seems odd, that’s because it is. According to Major League Baseball, this is only the 11th Thursday Opening Day in baseball history, and the most recent was was in 1976. This is the first non-Sunday or Monday start since 1998.

The early end date too is rare. The last season to wrap this early in September was 2003, and the last to finish on a day other than Sunday was 1990. MLB is promoting the early end date as a way to end the World Series before November, but the game could accomplish this goal by tightening up the playoff schedule and eliminating unnecessary off-days as well. With the season over on September 28, the Division Series should on September 30 and October 1.

While you can browse through the MLB master schedule via the link in the first paragraph, the Yanks’ own site has a sortable version of the team’s 2011 schedule available here. Despite cold April temperatures and the constant threat of rain in New York, the Yankees go heavy on the home games early on. Twenty of the team’s first 28 contests are in the Bronx, and 32 of the first 51 games are at home. On the flip side, 26 of the final 40 games and 12 of the last 17 are on the road.

April is heavy on AL Central opponents. After a three-game set against the Tigers (3/31-4/3), the Twins stop by for four, and the White Sox drop in for their own four-game set (4/25-4/28) as well. After the first seven games at home, the Yanks take a quick three-game road trip to open Boston’s home slate (4/8-4/10) before a home set against the Orioles and Rangers. All April games but the six against the Orioles are going to be against teams that finished above or near .500 this year.

May brings some divisional rivalries, including, oddly enough the only two games the Yanks play against the Rays until July (5/16-5/17 in Tampa Bay) and a three-game set against Boston (5/13-5/15) as well as Interleague Play. The Mets visit the Bronx for a three-game set starting May 20, and the month ends with one of the Yanks’ two West Coast trips. They play nine against the Mariners, A’s and Angels beginning May 27th. The two trips are a welcome change from 2010′s three swings out west.

In June, the Red Sox stop by for the second time (6/7-6/9), and the Indians make their only trip to the Bronx as well (6/10-6/13). For the Interleague sets, the Yanks travel to Wrigley Field (6/17-6/19) and Great American Ballpark (6/20-6/22) before hosting the Rockies (6/24-6/26) and Brewers (6/28-6/30). Interleague play wraps with an early July series in Queens (7/1-7/3).

The Tampa Bay Rays dominate the July schedule. Over a span of 12 games, the Yanks and Rays will face off eight times (7/7-7/10 in the Bronx, 7/18-7/21 in Tampa Bay). The Athletics and Mariners stop by for a late-month visit as well before the Yanks play two sets against various Sox (8/1-8/4 in Chicago, 8/5-8/6 in Boston). The Yanks take another trip to Fenway before August ends (8/30-9/1) as a part of the team’s grueling late-season road slate.

In September, 18 of the Yanks’ 24 games will be against AL East rivals. Sandwiched in between these sets is a West Coast swing to Anaheim (9/9-9/11) and Seattle (9/12-9/14). Five of the Yanks’ last eight games are against Tampa Bay with the Rays in town for two (9/20-9/21), and the Yanks’ closing their season in Tampa Bay (9/26-9/28). Once again, the Red Sox will be the final regular season opponent at Yankee Stadium, as Boston drops for a three-game set on the 23rd of September. And that’s all she wrote.

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  • CountryClub

    On paper, their schedule from 9/9 through the end of the yr is brutal.

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      Worse than this year?

  • ecks

    18 out of 24… Right now it seems like a pretty brutal stretch… But then again we’ll have Cliff Lee and god on our side, so I guess there’s really nothing to worry about.

  • vin

    #29? Definitely.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Talk about counting your chickens.

      • ecks

        Admittedly, I was going to reply with +29 on the first insightful post I saw…

      • vin

        You obviously didn’t see the throw that Golson made. That play = definite championship.

        (I’m trying to ramp up my optimism for the upcoming playoffs)

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          With that throw, Golson will be playing 31 March 11!

          (yeah yeah i know i know)

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Opening Day is a Thursday in March

    /NFL’d
    /TVsavvy’d

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Every year there are too many series that start on the east coast and outdoors. I don’t get it.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      It would be easy to start the season in domes or warm climates. You could have AL teams start in Seattle, Toronto, Anaheim, Tampa Bay and Texas for ten teams and have the other two games in places warmer than New York in late March/early April.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Sounds too easy.

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          To be fair, the Rays, Rangers and Blue Jays open the season at home. So it looks like baseball got it half right. But the Yankees, A’s and Indians are at home with Seattle and the Angels on the road.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          It could be dangerous… you go first.

        • Mike HC

          I used to hate, and still do, opening the season on the west coast. I’m sure the Yanks want to open the season at home too.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Yeah, that’s the Morton’s Fork. The schedulemakers are in a no-win situation.

            Northeast teams don’t want to play a bunch of early games in the cold and rain and snow at home, but they also don’t want to play a buttload of road games right out of the chute and start slowly. There’s no good solution.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

              There’s no good solution.

              Retractable domes on all new stadiums.

    • whozat

      It seems really dumb to go heavy in the northeast in April. That’s just asking for rainouts. Couple that with players just starting the season and it being cold…I’m concerned about muscle pulls early on in the season :-/

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Isn’t it also rainy in the south in March/April, though?

        • whozat

          Well, not in Texas or California. Florida has domes. You can’t and shouldn’t avoid the northeast for the entirety of April, but 20/28 games in NY in March/April just seems silly. Especially because you know TV will want them all to be at night.

          • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

            Last I checked, there’s no dome over Joe Robbie Pro Player Dolphin Landshark SunLife Stadium.

            And Florida isn’t too rainy in April/May, it’s much worse in July/August/September.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Fri, 9/9 at Angels TBD
    Sat, 9/10 at Angels TBD
    Sun, 9/11 at Angels TBD
    Mon, 9/12 at Mariners 10:10p
    Tue, 9/13 at Mariners 10:10p
    Wed, 9/14 at Mariners 10:10p
    Fri, 9/16 at Blue Jays 7:07p
    Sat, 9/17 at Blue Jays 1:07p
    Sun, 9/18 at Blue Jays 1:07p

    A nine-game September West Coast/Canadian roadie?

    Bud Selig, you jerkface.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    We play the Reds on a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday midweek series.

    For shame. That interleague matchup had “Joe Morgan saying assloads of insane shit on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball” written all over it.

  • Gonzo

    Ben, I think we have the same b-day.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    “Yanks’ 2011 regular season slate wraps in September”
    by Benjamin Kabak

    Fixed.

    • RL

      Also “and the playoffs Yankees quest for #29 could, in fact, begin before October does.

      Fixed again.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        James is gonna be so pissed at us for all this obnoxious, juvenile bullshit.

        • Kevin G.

          James? Did I miss something?

          • Mike HC

            Pretty entertaining, funny argument in one of the previous threads between James and Tommie.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              I’m obnoxious and juvenile, apparently.

              • RL

                Isn’t that part of the entertainment factor?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  I thought it was my large sample size that you all loved.

                  • RL

                    (scratches head looking for an appropriate response)

                    • RL

                      (which may have sounded inappropriate after re-reading it)

                    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                      Awesome.

                  • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

                    That’s not the only large thing about you that we love.

                    your name, too.

                • Mike HC

                  Any argument that allows someone to complain about a person being obnoxious and juvenile, and then go on to compare the decision of re acquiring Javy with slavery, is highly entertaining in my book.

                  Let alone someone writing their opinion on an internet message board and then gets offended when someone has the audacity to disagree with them in the “wrong way.” He should have a disclaimer on his posts with instructions on the allowed responses.

                  (Tommie can be obnoxious and juvenile, which is part of his schtick, but after sticking around a little you know it is all in good fun and he does not intend it that way)

                  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                    Come for the math, stay for the cruelty.

        • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

          Oh come on, leave him be.

          (i laughed at this.)

  • http://www.coffeewithian.com Ian

    Not ending the season on Sunday means that pennant races won’t compete with the Sunday NFL slate.

    2011 bring the Brewers to the Bronx for the 1st time since 1997, their final season in the AL.

    This now means that there is only 1 NL to have NEVER played a regular season interleague game at either Yankee Stadium. 15 years and still no Dodgers?

  • Mike HC

    September is a brutal month for the Yanks. This year they had to go to Texas in between playing their division rivals everyday. And next year they have to go to Anaheim and Seattle in between playing their division rivals everyday. It is really brutal and impossible not to expect a little bit of a struggle somewhere in the month.

    I can understand why Maddon wants balanced schedules. Being a member of the AL East guarantees an intense regular season grind, even for a powerhouse like the Yanks.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I can understand why Maddon wants balanced schedules. Being a member of the AL East guarantees an intense regular season grind, even for a powerhouse like the Yanks.

      Maddon: I don’t know what to do, Godfather. My voice is weak, it’s weak. Anyway, if I had this part in the picture, it puts me right back on top, you know. But this… this man out there. He won’t give it to me, the head of the studio.
      Big Stein: What’s his name?
      Maddon: Woltz. He said there’s no chance, no chance… A month ago he bought the rights to this book, a best seller. The main character is a guy just like me. I wouldn’t even have to act, just be myself. Oh, Godfather, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know what to do…
      Big Stein: YOU CAN ACT LIKE A MAN!
      [gives a quick slap to Maddon]
      Big Stein: What’s the matter with you? Is this what you’ve become, a Hollywood finocchio who cries like a woman? “Oh, what do I do? What do I do?” What is that nonsense? Ridiculous!

      • Not Tank the Frank

        I find that obnoxious and juvenile.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          I laughed.

    • Januz

      Maddon is dead wrong on this. The Rays would be one of the most negatively impacted teams by a balanced schedule. Think about it. If they can’t sellout for a crucial game against the Yankees in September, how many people do they expect would go to see them play Cleveland? 10,000-15,000 people? (They need those 18 games against the Yankees and Sox real bad, to get people to the Trop).
      The sad thing is the Rays are one of the three best teams in baseball, and the Bucs are perhaps in the bottom five in the NFL. But I bet if the Bucs are playing Sept 25 at home, against a rotten team like the Rams, they will more double the attendance for the Yankee game the following night. It is an ugly situation down there.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Maddon’s job is to win baseball games not sell tickets though.

        The Rays franchise would be hurt by a balanced schedule, but Maddon’s job security would be helped.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          And we’re only talking about what, 6 fewer home dates with the Yankees/Red Sox each year?

          The revenue they lose from swapping those home dates with more Indians/Mariners/Royals etc. might be offset by having more consistent fan interest when they win 95+ games year in and year out playing softer competition and make the playoffs like clockwork, Braves-style.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        The Rays should sign Tim Tebow.

        BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM, THAT JUST HAPPENED.

        • ROBTEN

          The 2011 Tampa Bay Heavenly Rays. This season, step into the light!

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          Or Pat White…

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Pat White is not white enough.

      • Mike HC

        If I were the Rays, I would think a little more long term than that. Having a better chance to make the playoffs and win games will make more money in the long run than having, lets say, 10 more regular season games against division rivals.

        Even as you said, they can’t even sell out against the Yanks during the regular season anyway. But making the playoffs and having a team that has a chance to make the playoffs every year, will give them a better chance of making money, creating more of a national buzz, attracting new fans and selling more merchandise, in the long run. In my opinion.

        • Januz

          The Rays are not creating any local (Let alone National) buzz. They went to the World Series in 2008, and the ratings tanked. As for making the playoffs every year, there is no guarantee that playing patsies like the Royals and Indians more often will help (Keep in mind, the Yankees, Sox & the fast rising Blue Jays will be playing them more often as well). The only two things that can be done is an extra wild card team (I heard that idea discussed on ESPN), or having them switch divisions (Maybe with the Tigers?). Of course, they would have to deal with the Twins (Good luck there).
          One final thing: MLB knows which teams generate interest, attendance, ratings & merchamdise sales……… The Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs, White Sox & Cardinals. Not Tampa. They are not going to cut Yankees/Red Sox, Cubs/Cardinals or Dodgers/Giants, and hurt themselves financially.

          • Mike HC

            I agree that they are probably fucked either way. Unless they change divisions or add a wild card, like you said.

            • king of fruitless hypotheticals

              Love this idea. Bring 5 teams, Yankees get a bye.

  • Jon in CUO

    Really looking forward to the Cubs/Reds swing next June. Hopefully a little road trip will be in order and I’ll knock two more ballparks off the list. Mariners/A’s/Angels is pretty interesting too..

  • Januz

    I think the schedule is both good and bad. On the positive side, the less MLB has to go up against College Football and the NFL the better (Assuming of course, there is no strike or lockout). What I dislike is. 1: Having the Yankees have to go a West Coast Swing in September. It used to be the teams that were NOT projected to be contenders having to make the trip, now they changed it. 2: I think the inter-league schedule is essentially uninteresting, with the Wrigley trip and the Mutts, being the only games worthwhile.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      What about a WS rematch first three games? Maybe even start the season for those two teams two or three days earlier than the rest?

  • RL

    I’m disappointed the Yankees play the Rockies in NY. I’d love to see them in CO again, but with different results than last time. Guess I’ll need to hope I’ll be dropping my daughter off at West Point during a Yankee home stand.

  • larryf

    Cervelli giving up #29. too bad

  • Klemy

    Too early for East Coast baseball for me. Why not shorten the season a few days by scheduling everyone for 2 or 3 day/night double headers during the season!

    /Wanting to go to 2 games in one day’d

  • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

    2011 will be the 5th consecutive season the Yankees end the season on the road. Conversely, Boston hasn’t ended a season on the road since 2004.