Not waiting until next year

The Tigers 2010 schedule is out. Next year the Tigers are scheduled to play 162 games which is pretty much league average. They also have an even split of home and road games with 81 apiece. Let’s take an even deeper dive though and see what’s what.

Interleague-ness

One of the first things to look at is who do the Tigers draw in interleague match-ups. The Tigers host the Pirates, the Nationals, and the Diamondbacks. Let this be a lesson to other teams who go over slot and show complete disdain for Selig’s recommendations. MLB will try and limit your gate so that you don’t do it again.

On the road the Tigers will get the Dogers, the Mets, and the Braves. The Dodgers series is in the middle of a 7 game, 3 city left coast trip. Yep, they have a pair of 2 game series on the West Coast. Nice.

Opening and Closing

The cold shouldn’t be too much of a problem opening the season. The Tigers start things off with 3 games in Kansas City before their home opener on April 9th against the Indians. After 3 more against KC the Tigers head out on a brutal road trip. They have 3 in Seattle, 4 in LA, and 4 in Texas. That’s right, an 11 game West Coast roadie with no offdays.

At the end of the season the Tigers finish things up with a 7 game road trip to Cleveland and Baltimore. Huh.

The Big Boys

The Tigers host the Yankees and Red Sox in May. The 4 against the Yankees are all weekday games and then they have 3 against the Red Sox immediately following. Again, not really revenue friendly with the Yankees during the week in May. They have the Sox on the road at the end of July and a 4 game set in the Bronx in mid August.

Homestands and Road Trips

I’ve already complained about the 11 gamer in April. And I mentioned the West Coast trip for the Dodgers. But guess what. That’s it. Just 2 trips out west all season, and they are done. They don’t head past KC after May 26th. That is huge.

The Tigers have a 10 game road trip spanning the end of August and beginning of September, but that’s it for the grueling travel. Plus all of their trips to Minnesota are between May 3rd and September 2nd meaning they should avoid the bitter cold.

As for homestands the Tigers will get to enjoy July in Michigan. They open the month with a 9 games at Comerica Park heading into the All Star break. They play 3 in Cleveland after the break, and then return home for 7 games. So 16 of 19 games will be at home.

11 Comments

  1. David G

    September 15, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Wow, I guess my annual trip to Camden Yards might be contingent on if they are still in the race. 4 game set the last weekend of the year.

    • Anson

      September 15, 2009 at 10:36 pm

      Yeah I’m angry about this too. I live 3 blocks from Camden Yards and they aren’t coming for over a year. Cursed schedule makers! (Shaking Angry Fists of Frustration!)

  2. Peter P

    September 15, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Your attempts at humor fail miserably.

    • Leroy Jenkins

      September 15, 2009 at 11:12 pm

      So do your attempts at insults. This is a lighthearted blog and there is no need to be critical of others. If you don’t find something funny you can just ignore it like the rest of us.

    • jason

      September 15, 2009 at 11:28 pm

      Did you get lost trying to find Jay Leno’s blog?

  3. Ryan Crabtree

    September 16, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Awesome
    Bilfer figured out that the Tigers are playing 162 games!
    Which he adds is “pretty much average”
    who the hell plays anything other than 162 games?
    Anyone, Anyone?

    • Andrew in Toronto

      September 16, 2009 at 9:41 am

      Ryan, allow me to introduce you to Peter P.

      This post is really bringing out the winners. I guess subtle humour doesn’t work so well on the internets, but I laughed.

  4. Steve in OH

    September 16, 2009 at 10:00 am

    I found it amusing.

    Methinks some people are just dense…

  5. Randolph

    September 16, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I think they might be new tothe internets, we should point them in the direction of The Google.

  6. jcm

    September 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    The Minnies and the White Sucks played 163 last year. And without the tie ,The Tigers were set yo play 161
    The Evil Empires played each other in a 163th game in 1978. Espn is still crying because they weren’t around
    Giants and Dodgers played 157 in 1954. The average was 154.