In one of the weirdest scheduling moves I have seen in a long time, Major League Baseball announced the 2010 schedules, pitting the Yankees against the Red Sox to start and end each other’s season’s. The most interesting is the location of both series: Fenway Park.
After starting and ending the 2009 season away, the Yankees will do the same thing in 2010, preventing them from celebrating Opening Day in their new stadium for the second season in a row.
Some people might come out and say this schedule is a conspiracy against the Yankees. I’m not saying that, but it has to be pointed out that this schedule is, well, different.
First, I cannot remember the time the Yankees and Red Sox opened and closed the season with each other and both series were played at Fenway.
Second, April is a tough, tough month for the Yankees. Now, I realize we have no guarantee that good teams this year will continue to play well next April, but considering this season’s record, April will be a doozy for the Bombers.
First road trip: at Boston (85-58) and at Tampa Bay (73-72)
First home stand: vs. LA Angels (86-58) and Texas (80-64)
Second road trip: at Oakland (66-78) and LA Angels and Baltimore (59-85)
Now, one thing to remember is that the schedule always evens itself out and it’s not how you start a season, its how you finish. With 162 games, the first month really doesn’t matter. The Yankees have proven themselves to be teams that get hot down the stretch.
So this April schedule probably won’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. Still, its interesting news.
Back to 2009 and winning the pennant.
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