2020 MLB schedule released in totally unnecessary Camping World live special

Who needed an entire live special for the 2020 schedule review? No one, that’s who. The schedule is out and it should have just dropped to media outlets, but Camping World had to milk their advertising dollars somehow.

On July 23rd we’ll get East Coast and West Coast matchups that will predictably leave out the Angels. In the East it will be Yankees/Nationals and here in the West we’ll get Giants/Dodgers. The Angels will open in Oakland for the 4th straight year (seriously schedulers??) on July 24th.

The Angels first 1/3rd of the season will be against the AL West before the clash with the Dodgers and Giants later in August. Unfortunately, the Angels have to face the Dodgers in two series this year, including the season ending series at Chavez Ravine.

Entire schedule with no dates

Full schedule with exhibition games:

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IEAngel
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2 years ago

I’d say the schedule actually sets up well down the stretch.

Dodgers will likely not have any incentive to push during that last series (just guessing they’ll be clinched by then).

Except for the two Houston sets at the end of August, the Angels (if they’re actually a playoff-level team) should be the favorite in every series down the stretch. If they can win 14 out of the last 23. They should be comfortably in that 32-35 win range where all the playoff teams are likely to be.

Rahul Setty
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2 years ago

Will Camping World sponsor Blake Parker for a new RV? 😉

John Henry Weitzel
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Super Member
2 years ago

Look at all those miles

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eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

Bud’s Brew Bus, may even need to stop for gas before October.

Jeff Joiner
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Super Member
2 years ago

I like the earlier start times. Clear sign I’m getting old. All in all the travel makes no sense for the most part. There’s a Seattle-Houston trip then a Houston-Seattle trip. You’d think they’d try to do it more like the Texas swing, then have the Texas teams do a CA swing.

red floyd
Legend
2 years ago

WTF? This is the FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW that we’ve opened on the road in Oakland!!!

The last home opener we had was in 2016 vs. the Cubbies. Hey, ManBearFred, when do we get a REAL home opener?

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

BTW, talking about rigged schedules. How is it that the Dodgers play the Angels 6 TIMES !! and the Astros only 2 TIMES ?????

What the hell is up with that? The Angels and Astros are in the same division so there should not be that huge discrepancy. You could make the travel argument and COVID-19, but the Dodgers only play the A’s (another good team) three times as well. So, let me get this straight, the two hardest teams in their “West” schdule they only play a total of 5 games against, while getting the Mariners 4 times. Okay MLB, I think I see what you’re doing…..

H.T. Ennis
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2 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

The Dodgers play the Astros four times. The Angels play the Dodgers six times because they are our rival. Not everything is a conspiracy.

JackFrost
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2 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

I never mentioned the word conspiracy. Besides, it doesn’t need to be a conspiracy because MLB makes the schedule themselves, they don’t need to collude with any other party, thus no conspiracy necessary.

The Dodgers have the easiest schedule in all of baseball this shortened 2020 season (per ESPN). If you don’t think that the best team having the easiest schedule is a problem then you are stupider than I thought.

H.T. Ennis
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2 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

If someone says that I’m wrong, I generally confirm that I’m right before I proclaim once again that I’m right. 😂

The Dodgers play the Astros on July 28, July 29, September 12, and September 13.

The Dodgers have the easiest schedule in baseball because they are the best team in their division, meaning they have deflated other teams’ records in previous seasons. They cannot play themselves. Other teams in the division have to play the Dodgers, thus making their schedules seem harder. Every team in baseball plays every team in its own division ten times this season.

MLB sucks, but they’re not rigging this.

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

Sure, they have to play their own division, and that accounts for part of the problem. But it does not explain why they play the Mariners four times and the Angels six times while only playing the more challenging A’s three times.

If Major League Baseball has the authority to overturn a hundred years of history and decide to have the batting team start extra innings with a runner on 2nd, surely they could create a more balanced and equitable schedule that does not make it a cakewalk to the playoffs for the betting consensus favorite to win the World Series.

H.T. Ennis
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2 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

As I said before (and you ignored), the Angels and Dodgers are rivals, so they play six times. They matched up the Dbacks and Astros this way (they play six times), etc. That leaves 14 games against the other four teams in the opposing league. Obviously, four does not go into fourteen evenly. This leaves some teams to play each other three times and others to play four times. It’s simply not that possible to have a perfectly balanced schedule in as few games as 60.

eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

No rigging, it’s a conspiracy I’ll tell yuh /s

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago

Well, I predicted we would be screwed by having to face the Astros or Dodgers in the first series. While we didn’t get that we did get the swingin’ A’s. Again. This is not much better. Oakland is a very tough team and beat us up last year. Guess who the cheating Astros open against? You got it, the big, bad Mariners. The MLB office must really like Houston, what with the slap on the wrist penalties for cheating and easy opening opponent.

H.T. Ennis
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2 years ago

For the record, I don’t think the season is going to happen. But when the schedule comes out, I can’t help but analyze it.

It looks like we miss Verlander the first time around, so that’s a positive. Slightly earlier game starts. They couldn’t give us Houston and Texas together, but at least they swung Colorado on the back side of a Texas trip and put San Fran and Oakland together.

If they somehow do end up playing the games, I think the Angels can make it all the way through intact!

H.T. Ennis
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2 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

I do like that we only have to go to Houston four times — if there’s any specific PARK to avoid, it would be that one, with its weird bandbox dimensions. It’ll be nice to see how the new Texas stadium is, and the O.Co doesn’t hold any ill feelings for me.

steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

If they somehow do end up playing the games, I think the Angels can make it all the way through intact!
Ahhh, you underestimate the power of the Angels medical/training staff.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 years ago

thanks for posting this.

6 of 10 at home vs the Cheating Astros, 6 of 10 on the road vs the Strangers. Ooh, 3 exhibition games! 7 road games vs Oakland, 7 home games vs the DiPotos. 6 against the Dodgers, only 3 each with the Rockies and D-Backs.

Designerguy
Super Member
2 years ago

What’s the over/under for how many games into the season before it’s postponed again, or completely cancelled? My money is on Aug 6.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

August 6th!!! hahaha!!!! oh lordy….

another great question: assuming Trout leaves in mid-August (if the season goes that long) and doesnt return for 3 weeks, at what point will be say “this season didn’t matter anyway”?

eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago

7/18

eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

7/19