2013 Schedule Released
The 2013 schedule was released today. While for football fans this holds lots of significance in the end for baseball fans there is little of intrigue except maybe a thing here or there of interest. The A’s open the season against (surprise, surprise!) the Seattle Mariners. The schedule is more balanced but not entirely so, as the A’s play division foes 19 times, including the new division foe Houston Astros whom they first face in Houston for the second series of the year. Interleague series’ include the rival series and otherwise the A’s face the National League Central. The A’s do back to back two game series’ with the Giants in late May and then face the Cardinals, Cubs and Reds in Oakland and Brewers, Pirates and Reds in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati respectively.
Can’t make many bones about the schedule six months before it is to begin. It’ll be interesting to see how the new interleague play everyday thing plays out. I prefer that to the several weekends a year format of the past, but the first interleague opener crashes the traditional opener in Cincinnati as the Los Angeles Angels show up to open 2013 there. I think this would have been more exciting news if the A’s were mired deep in the standings like many (myself included) suspected at this time of year but at 81-60 the A’s look to host the wild-card play-in right now, so screw 2013, let’s finish 2012!