Arizona Diamondbacks Schedule Announced for Abbreviated 2020 Season
Major League Baseball and the Arizona Diamondbacks announced their abbreviated 2020 schedule late Monday afternoon. For the first time in the history of the franchise, they will open the season in San Diego. They will close at home against the Colorado Rockies.
Diamondbacks Schedule by Month
The season begins Thursday, July 24 with a six-game road swing. They start off with a four-gamer against the San Diego Padres between Friday the 24th and Monday the 27th. The Friday-Saturday games start at 6:10 pm Arizona time, while the Sunday-Monday games both start at 1:10. They then play two games in Arlington against the Texas Rangers, who are opening Globe Life Field in the 2020 season. With the stadium having a retractable roof, that removes day-game restrictions for the summer. Therefore, the first game will be at 6:05 pm Arizona time while the second is at 1:05.
The Diamondbacks finally have their first home game July 30, kicking off a seven-game stretch. This includes four games with the Los Angeles Dodgers and three against the defending American League champions, the Houston Astros. There will be an off-day on August 3, the Monday between the two series. The Thursday and Friday games against the Dodgers will both start at 6:40, Saturday’s will start at 5:10, and Sunday’s game will be a 1:10 start. Against the Astros, the first two games will start at 6:10 while the third will start at 4:15.
A six-game road trip follows, with the first three being in San Diego on August 7-9 and the second three being in Denver against the Rockies on August 10-12. The first two games of each series are evening games, while the finale of each series is an afternoon game. After a day off, the D-Backs come home for five games from August 14-18 – three against the Padres and a pair against the Oakland Athletics, one of 2019’s AL Wild Card teams.
A five-game Bay Area swing follows, running from Wednesday to Sunday, August 19-23. The first two games are against the A’s while the last three are against the San Francisco Giants. The 23rd falls on a Sunday, so that game has a 1:10 start; the other four start at 6:30ish in the evening.
To close out August, the Diamondbacks play seven games at home from Monday the 24th until Sunday the 30th. The first four are against the Rockies, while the final three are against the Giants. All but two games are evening games. Those two are the closing game of each series. The Thursday matinee against the Rockies starts at 3:10, and the Sunday afternoon affair with the Giants has a 1:10 start.
August 31st is a day off. On that day, the D-Backs will travel to California for a crucial seven-game swing. It begins with their only trip to Dodger Stadium – a three-game affair with the Dodgers – and closes with a four-game Friday-through-Monday series against the Giants. The Sunday game is in the afternoon, while the other six are in the evening. They then come home on the eighth to open a six-game homestand. The first three are against the Dodgers, while the last three are a weekend series with the Seattle Mariners. Of the six, only the Sunday game against the Mariners is in the afternoon.
Monday the 14th is a day off. From the 15th through the 20th, the D-Backs finish their AL West road schedule with three games in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels and three games in Houston against the Astros. This, mileage-wise, is their longest and probably most grueling trip of the season. The last game of each series starts at 1:10 in the afternoon local time. Against the Angels, that means a 1:10 start Arizona time. But with Houston being in the Central Time Zone, the Sunday game starts at 11:10 am Arizona time.
After an off-day on Monday the 21st, the D-Backs open their final homestand on the 22nd with a two-gamer against the Rangers. They will then, after having the day off on Thursday, close the season with three against the Rockies. The second game against the Rangers is at 3:10. Three of the four others are evening games. The season finale, as has been the Major League Baseball standard over the past few seasons, starts at 12:10. This is so every single game on the last day of the year starts at the same time nationwide.
Travel-wise, this schedule is not too bad. The two longest trips are into Texas since the team will not be making the 1,107-mile trek to Seattle this season. Dallas and Houston are the only two destinations that are more than about 650 miles from Phoenix. Only three flights – San Diego to Dallas, Orange County to Houston, and Houston to Phoenix – are greater than 1,000 miles.
Based on 2019 records, the Diamondbacks face three opponents who had a winning record and six with a losing record. Two of the three teams had a winning percentage of greater than .650, and both won over 100 games, but still – only three teams with a winning record. However, of the teams who had winning records, 12 of the 20 games against them come at home. They also only face the Dodgers on the road in one series.
This season is going to be tough on every team. With the possibility of multiple players missing games due to illness, it could easily turn into a war of attrition, figuratively speaking. Facing less travel mileage could help the Diamondbacks in the long run, but just how much is yet to be seen.
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