Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Midwest foes aplenty for Reds in recently unveiled 2015 schedule

The 2015 regular season schedule was unveiled for the Reds today, and aside from Cincinnati hosting the All-Star Game, the slate doesn't exactly boast the same Interleague buzz as it has in the past.

Next year, Bryan Price's club will get the opportunity to stay a little closer to home (as far as Interleague play goes) with trips to Kansas City, Chicago and Detroit instead of New York, Boston, and Baltimore, the latter trio of which the Reds were forced to travel in 2014. The scheduling is on par with the annual rotation that MLB has implemented in regards to National League divisions playing other American League divisions. In case you didn't notice, the Reds will be paired with American League Central foes come 2015.

Opening Day will be a bit later next season and is currently penciled in for April 6. The Pirates will do the honors of being the visiting team for that opening series at Great American Ball Park.

After that, the Reds open the season with 22 consecutive games against division opponents. In fact, only one game in April will come against a team outside the division (Atlanta), and that will come on the last day of the month.

The dreaded West Coast road trip will come in the middle of August when the Reds hit Arizona, San Diego and Los Angeles for a combined 10 games. Furthermore, the boys won't visit San Francisco until September.

Similar to the way this season was scheduled, the Reds will close out the year with a whole bunch of games against division opponents. Let's hope they will be in a better position for the playoffs this time next year as they are now.

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