There have been many question marks surrounding the 2020 MLB season and there are some who are still wondering if sports should be happening during a pandemic. However, MLB will continue to move forward with its plan for each team to have a 60-game schedule with Opening Day scheduled for July 23-24. Each team’s full schedule was released on Monday night and this is what that means for the Twins.
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Here’s a breakdown of what was known about Monday’s release schedule:
- All teams will play 10 games against each team in their division, so 2/3 of their schedule will be against division opponents.
- The other 20 games will be played against the corresponding regional division in the National League. For the Twins, this means playing National League Central teams.
- Of those 20 games, six will be with the closest natural rival. For the Twins, this means playing against the Brewers six times.
- Each team has six total days off throughout the season.
Before the full schedule was released, fans found out that the Twins would open the 2020 season on the north side of Chicago against the White Sox. This likely means a pitching matchup for Jose Berrios against Lucas Giolito starting at 7:10 Central. Chicago is expected to improve this season after adding a few key pieces, but most tipsters are slated to finish third at American League Central.
After three games in Chicago, the Twins have an eight-game home position that includes two games with the Cardinals, four games against Cleveland, and two games against the Pirates. Minnesota’s next eight games are on tour with two games in Pittsburgh, three games in Kansas City and three games in Milwaukee.
Next on the calendar is seven home games against the Royals (4 games) and the Brewers (3 games). From there, the club goes on tour for 10 games with three in Kansas City, three in Cleveland and four in Detroit. After this, the club heads home for seven games with three against the White Sox and four against the Tigers.
Also included in the last month of Minnesota’s calendar is two games in St. Louis, before returning home to face Cleveland in what could be a pivotal series in deciding the division winner. Minnesota’s last trip includes four games against the White Sox and three games against the Cubs. This allows the team to end the year at Target Field with two games against Detroit and three games against Cincinnati.
Notes on the schedule:
- The Twins have seven games at home against Cleveland, which means the Twins will only play in Cleveland for three games.
- Minnesota’s interleague schedule includes six games against Milwaukee, four against Pittsburgh, four against St. Louis, three against the Cubs and three against the Reds.
- In September, 15 of his 23 games are against AL Central opponents.
- August could be his easiest month with 18 of his 29 games against the Pirates, Tigers and Royals.
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