Yankees, MLB release 2013 schedule

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The Yankees and bad Septembers

After a couple of weeks of minor details leaking out, MLB and the Yankees (and every other team) officially released the 2013 schedule today. As expected, the Bombers open next season with three games at home against the Red Sox. The first game will be played on April 1st, a Monday, then the next two on the 3rd and 4th. They always have the off-day in there just in case the weather stinks. Nineteen of the club’s first 32 games will be at home. You can see the full schedule here.

With interleague play now spread out throughout the entire schedule, the Yankees will welcome the Diamondbacks to the Bronx for three games in mid-April. I’m sure Justin Upton will be happy to see his former teammates so early in the season. Other interleague dates include trips to play the Rockies (May 7th-9th), the Dodgers (July 30th and 31st), and the Padres (August 2nd-4th) on the road. The D’Backs, Dodgers (June 18th-20th), and Giants (September 20th-22nd) are all coming to Yankee Stadium, so brush up on your NL West news.

The Subway Series has been reduced to four games, a home-and-home series from May 27th through the 30th. The first two games will be played in CitiField, the next two in Yankee Stadium. That’s a Monday through Thursday, and I’m kinda surprised they didn’t schedule that on a weekend. Very odd. Either way, I’m happy that they reduced the number of games, six felt like too much. Playing the four games against the Mets in four days will be fun, especially the two-stadium aspect.

The Yankees only have two West Coast trips next year — a nine-game swing through Seattle, Oakland, and Anaheim in mid-June, then the little five-gamer against the Dodgers and Padres in late-July/August. Despite the typical AL East-heavy September schedule, the Bombers actually close next season in Houston against the Astros, who are joining the AL West next year. If the Astros continue to be as bad as expected, that could be a big help for the Yankees if the race for a playoff spot goes right down to the final weekend of the season. The final game of the season will be played on September 29th, a Sunday.

Rushing Andy because there's no other choice
The Yankees and bad Septembers
  • Frank Messer

    Let’s not get overconfident about the helpfulness of next season’s Astros series…after all, we were thrown a tear-end lifesaver this season also, and we’re trying to throw it back

  • Better off Eddard

    Mike, did they release the schedule today so we have something to look forward to?

  • Hall and Nokes

    Looks like 93-69 to me.

  • Anthony

    “the Yankees will welcome the Diamondbacks to the Bronx for three games in mid-April. I’m sure Justin Upton will be happy to see his former teammates so early in the season” Did i miss something? Mike what are you on ?

    • spejo

      He’s on a whole lotta wishful thinking. As am I. Upton 2012!

    • spejo

      He’s on a whole lotta wishful thinking. As am I. Upton 2012 (or I guess 2013)!

    • MannyGeee

      I see what you did there… veeeeeeeeery clever.

  • Monty

    There seems like a whole lot more Four Games series next year.

  • Hall and Nokes

    The schedule may as well list makeup dates for the 4-gamer in Cleveland second week in April.

  • Winter

    2 observations:

    (1) Is it a problem that we play the three R’s (Red Sox, Rangers, Rays) coming off the All-Star break? A good start to the second half is important (this year not withstanding).

    (2) Will it come into play that the Yankees play an NL team in the third-to-last series of the year?

  • dp

    MLB stinks at making a schedule. Just another terribly boring effort.

  • Wayne

    Don’ t need to trade for upton bring up Austin and Flores next year.. But I ‘ ll probably be mistakened and all the following guys will probably get traded for Justin upton. Tyler Austin ,Ramon Flores, Rafael Depaula ,Jose Ramirez and Nik Turley for Justin Upton.
    I just know I’ m not going to like it!!!!

    • jjyank

      You do know Austin and Flores won’t MLB ready next year, right?

      • MannyGeee

        shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…. dont tell the D Backs that!

        • dp

          Who says they will not be ready?

          • jjyank

            Everybody? Flores has played exactly 1 (ONE!) game about A-ball, and Austin has 8 plate appearances above A-ball. Jumping to the majors is not feasible at all. 2014, maybe.

            • CS Yankee

              no, its feasible for a 2013 promotion on Austin, but highly unlikely. Earliest would be June and that would mean one or more of the following;
              1) Cashman likely failed in the offseason
              2) AAA depth was not there.
              3) Injuries
              4) Raul/Jones bat .110 for the first 60 days

              • CS Yankee

                5) Austin was batting like .350 in AA with power.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  If Austin can keep it up in AA, and the team is feeling particularly bullish, it’s certainly possible. A lot of “ifs,” but not outside the realm of possibility.

                  I don’t think 1,2, or 4 on your list necessarily have to happen for him to be looked at.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I heard Ravel’s really being held back in the GCL as well. Could start for an NL West team TOMORROW.

    • JAG

      I do that trade in a heartbeat. Just saying.

    • Herby

      How often do the Yankees actually trust their farm system when they can just trade them away for someone a couple years away from free agency. I think Brian Cashman just has a lust for bad trades, either that or he just wants to protect his ass with a well known name rather than take a chance with a kid and get roasted in the press or by fans.
      Maybe that’s why he dresses in the elf costume at Christmas…maybe he’s waiting for some magic.

  • Rich in NJ

    I can only hope that next year’s roster has a lot more young players with upside.

    • Jose M. Vazquez

      Well said.

  • Kingslayer

    Mike Francesa falls asleep on air while interviweing Sweeny Murti!! Hilarious!!


    • Rich in NJ

      I can’t blame him thaaat much. The Yankees have become kind of boring…

  • CS Yankee

    Glad they will be back in Colorado for the first time since 2007…hopefully the outcome will be better (Rox sweeped).

    Yeah interleague.

  • Laz

    Not really a fan. I like interleague, but I like it early-mid season. I like it when you are battling your division rivals the very end of the season, It’s kinda dumb seeing the Giants in the last 2 weeks of the season. Also seeing the Astros is kinda unfun.
    I’m excited to see the Giants and Dodgers though.

  • Mikhel

    WOW another streak of 20 games with no rest beginning the last week of august and extending to september.

    17 of those games are against the AL East (7 vs Orioles, 7 Vs Boston, 3 Vs Toronto). That to me looks like crap, maybe MLB hopes for another NYY meltdown (sometimes it doesn’t come as a surprise the NYY have to play in toronto, travel non-rest to TB, return with no rest and play in NY vs Toronto).

    Meanwhile Boston has a stretch of 19 straight games, 5 against the AL East, and in May-June, not late in the season when players are tired.