We are less than three weeks from Opening Day, and we finally have an official schedule for the 2020 season.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 6, 2020
Starting on July 24th, the Braves head north to take on the New York Mets, meaning the matchup on Opening Day will likely pin Mike Soroka against Jacob DeGrom… not a terrible way to start the year.
Atlanta will then head back south for their only four games of the year against the Tampa Bay Rays — two on the road and two at home — a team people should not be sleeping on after how they competed with the Astros in last year’s ALDS.
August 7th through September 6th is probably the toughest stretch of the year. It begins with a six-game road trip — four with Philadelphia and two with the Yankees. Following that, the Braves have a brief break by playing a three-game set with the Marlins, but then they have three with Washington, three with Philly, two with the Yankees, three more with Philly, three with Boston, and ending with three against the Nationals.
After that stretch, the Braves should have a pretty good idea of their chances at the postseason. If they are sitting pretty, 12 of their final 18 games are against the Marlins, Orioles, and Mets before wrapping up their campaign against the Boston Red Sox.
With the recent news of positive tests and players opting out, there’s no guarantee that a season will be played. However, Major League Baseball is going to do everything possible to ensure it does. Positive tests are going to happen, and player safety comes first, but fans shouldn’t be discouraged from the news over the last week. The plan remains to play on.