The 2023 MLB season is going to be quite a bit different from the 2022 season and years prior.
For the first time, each team will be seeing every other ballclub at least once.
This means that regardless of divisions or leagues, teams that may not normally play each other will be matching up, and it’s going to have a drastically different effect on teams and their schedules.
Jayson Stark of The Athletic wrote a piece to shed light on just how different things are going to be and how teams will be in uncharted territory at various points in the season.
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Baseball's schedule isn't just changing. We're declaring it the most dramatic scheduling change in the history of this sport.
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— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) February 3, 2023
Several teams are going to be feeling the effects of the more balanced schedule.
The St. Louis Cardinals are one team that may feel it, as they’ll match up with teams such as the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers.
This is a team that benefitted heavily from playing in the weak NL Central and rattled off most of their wins from within the division.
The Yankees themselves are in interesting case, as they’ll play as many April games against the Minnesota Twins, who are in the Central time zone, as they will against their AL East rivals.
The San Francisco Giants will not play a road game in the state of California until June 16, with several games in the Eastern and Central time zones during the month of April.
The defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies will play more series against the AL East than they will against the NL East in April.
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