Typically, schedule releases aren’t all that exciting. Everyone has 162 games with 81 home and 81 away. You see division rivals a lot. You have your standard Interleague rivalry series.
The 2013 schedule comes with an added twist, though. Thanks to the Houston Astros’ move to the AL West, there will always be at least one Interleague series going on, among other scheduling quirks. The Brewers announced their 2013 slate on Wednesday, and like everyone else, their schedule has some irregularities, including:
– Splitting 4 games with the Texas Rangers between Milwaukee (May 7-8) and Arlington (August 13-14).
– A 4-game series with the Minnesota Twins in late May in which the first two games will be in Milwaukee and the final two in Minneapolis.
– The Brewers will play the Phillies 7 times in 10 days at the end of May and beginning of June.
– A bit of history when Oakland comes to Miller Park June 3-5, as it will be the first time George Kottaras faces the Brewers as a member of the A’s. Oh yeah, it’s also the first time the A’s have come to Milwaukee since Miller Park was built.
– If Zack Greinke stays with the Angels, he would be back in town August 30-September 1. If not, at least Brewers fans would have their first chance to boo Albert Pujols since the 2011 NLCS.
– The season ends with a four-game series in New York against the Mets, part of a 7-game road trip to close the year.
– The Brewers play 20 games in 20 days to close out their schedule. Their last off day is September 9.
– 10 of those 20 are a homestand against division opponents — 3 against the Reds, 4 against the Cubs and 3 against the Cardinals.
It’s always impossible to tell just how hard a schedule is until you’re in the middle of it, but if you’re making predictions based on the 2012 season, then it’s not a very easy slate. Most of that is because they get the AL West in Interleague games, a division that still has an outside chance at 3 playoff teams this year.