I’m not happy with the M’s 2005 schedule. Opening the season with Minnesota? Playing Kansas City and Chicago the second week of the season? Yuck. In 2001 (for example), they played their first 19 games exclusively against the AL West before venturing out into other divisions. In 2002, after opening with the White Sox (again, I don’t like it), they at least played their next 19 against the division. This year, they won’t play their 19th division game until — wait for it — June 22nd.
What’s worse than the way they open the season, however, is the way they close it. To me, division races should be decided by head-to-head play. In 2001 and 2002, they finished the season with 19 and 20 division games, respectively. This means that for nearly the entire final month, you’re playing your division rivals. And that’s the way it should be, in my opinion.
This year? They close with three against Texas and three against Oakland. This after playing seven games in Toronto and Detroit. Yes, those 19 divisional games are there in the month of September, but they’re broken up by Baltimore, Toronto and Detroit.
Maybe I’m getting old, but I don’t like it.