Earlier today it was leaked who the Brewers would play for Opening Day 2.0. Now we know the Brewers schedule for the rest of the 60-day regular season.
Ever since news finally broke that MLB would be implementing a 60-game season for 2020, fans have been excited as every ensuing milestone has passed. Safety protocols were agreed upon, rules were changed, and players reported (back) to camp.
Today was another big day in that sense. Earlier today, news leaked that the Brewers would be playing their opening game of the season in Chicago against the rival Cubs. But that was just a precursor to the night’s big schedule reveal.
On top of opening the season on the road against the Cubs, which will be a three-game series with two of the games nationally-televised, it was also revealed that the Brewers will end their season with a three-game series at the Reds followed by four games at the Cardinals.
Milwaukee’s schedule comes with its quirks, as schedules always do. So, let’s do a quick breakdown of some of the good and bad features of the Brewers schedule.
First, the Bad News
While the Brewers get quite the tough task to start the season in traveling to Chicago, their road trip continues with another three games on the road, albeit against the lowly Pirates. That means Milwaukee’s first six games, as well as their final seven games, are all spent away from home. That’s not an easy way to start and end your season.
Speaking of the Cubs, the schedule makers were not kind to the Brewers in that regard. Seven of the team’s ten games against them will be in the (un)friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Thankfully they won’t have the advantage of having their fans in the stands.
And if jumping out to a quick start could be the difference maker this season, the Brewers certainly have their work cut out for them there. Six of their first ten series to start the season are on the road, including two versus the Cubs, one versus the Twins, and one versus the upstart White Sox.
Now, the Good News
Though the first half of the Brewers schedule is more road-heavy, the same can not be said of their second half. Six of the team’s final ten series are played in the comfort of Miller Park. That half of the schedule also includes two series against the Tigers, one against the Pirates, and one against the Royals.
Also, while the Brewers didn’t get lucky with their matchups against the Cubs, they certainly did against the Cardinals and Reds. Six of Milwaukee’s ten games against the Cardinals are at home, while seven of their games against the Reds take place at Miller Park.
Finally, it certainly helps to be rested when making that final push to the postseason. Though they only have two days off in between their first 39 games, the Brewers get their other four days off mixed into their final 21 games.
So, we finally know when the Brewers will be playing their games this year. All that’s left is to keep everyone healthy, finalize the roster, and play some ball!