Early Impressions of the Giants 2013 Schedule
Today MLB released the 2013 schedule, this was the first look at how the realignment of the leagues will affect the on field agenda. The Houston Astros will leave the NL Central and join the AL West, the move will put 15 teams in each division and necessitate at least one interleague matchup when ever there is a full slate of games.
The Giants will open the 2013 campaign on the road vs. the Dodgers, before returning home for 6 games with the Cardinals and Rockies. An early season challenge for the Giants should come from a 10-game homestand against the Dodgers, Phillies, and Braves from May 3-12th.
One of the hilights of next year’s schedule is a “New York, New York” road trip that will see the Giants take on the Mets and Yankee’s in back-to-back series from September 17-22nd. I’m sure Finnerty’s bar in New York will be excited for the opportunity to host San Francisco Giants fans for almost a full week.
As i’m sure you can guess from the above paragraph the Giants will play the AL East for interleague play this year along with the traditional series with the A’s. There is however a new twist the the Bay Bridge series this year, the A’s and Giants will play just 4 games against one another instead of the usual six. The A’s head to San Francisco on May 28-29, and then the Giants cross the Bay Bridge from May 30-31st. In that regard the series will be structured much more like the preseason series, where the two clubs alternate stadium sites in a 3 game series just before the start of the regular season.
From the AL East the Giants will host the Orioles from August 9-11th, so get ready for another edition of Halloween in the park, and the Red Sox return to AT&T Park from August 19-21st.
The Giants will wrap up the year with a six game homestand with the Dodgers and Pirates from September 24-29th.