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.