With the Mariners out of it for 2015, we can already look ahead to next season. Despite the failures of this year, the M’s still have a lot to look forward to. Can Felix be the King once again? Can Cano hit for the full season? Can Nelson Cruz put up “Boomstick” numbers again?
Is Taijuan Walker the future ace of the staff? Will James Paxton be healthy? Can the bullpen regain its 2014 form?
We will have to wait for the official answers for six months. But today, we got our first sneak peak at 2016 as the Mariners released their tentative schedule.
1. The M’s finally don’t open up with the A’s. Thank goodness, somebody different. The Mariners will open up in Texas on April 4th.
2. The M’s home opener will be against the A’s on April 8th.
3. The AL West will not consume all of April. The Mariners will play against the Yankees, Indians, and Royals in the season’s first month. This could be good, as the M’s won’t have a poor start doom them immediately in the division.
4. The Mariners will play the National League Central in interleague play. They will get their first interleague opponent on May 19th when they travel to Cincy and take on the Reds.
5. The M’s will play at Wrigley Field, beginning on July 29th.
6. The M’s won’t be saddled with a ridiculous travel schedule in September. The M’s get 15 home games in September and don’t have any absurd trips. The Twins are the only team the M’s will play outside of the division on the road in the month.
Here’s to hoping 2016 is better than 2015!
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