Nationals release 2018 schedule

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

For the second straight year, the Mets will open at home, with Opening Day scheduled for March 29 at Citi Field against the Cardinals.

-All-Star break: Next year's All-Star Game will take place in Washington, Nationals Park.

The Cardinals' 20-game interleague schedule will feature a home-and-home series (three games each) with the Royals (May 21-23 at Busch Stadium, Aug. 10-12 at Kansas City) and a home-and-home series (two games each) with the White Sox (May 1-2 at Busch Stadium, July 10-11 in Chicago) and the Twins (May 7-8 at Busch Stadium, May 15-16 at Minnesota).

The Nationals will celebrate with holiday crowds twice in 2018, first with the annual Fourth of July contest, as the Boston Red Sox visit the nation's capital for the nation's birthday.

The Cardinals will make their first appearance at Busch Stadium in 2018 on April 5, when they welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks for Opening Day in St. Louis. The series shifts to The Bronx from July 20-22.

All thirty teams will open on the same day in what will be the earliest opening day in Major League Baseball history excluding worldwide openers, and the Mets' first homestand will also include a three-game series against the Phillies. Interleague play also sprinkles the road schedule with visits to Yankee Stadium (June 12-13), the Rogers Centre in Toronto (June 15-17), and Tropicana Field in Tampa (June 25-26) on the docket. St. Louis also will play a three-game home interleague series against the Indians (June 25-27) and a three-game road series at Detroit (Sept. 7-9).

-NL East finish: Twenty of the final 23 games will be against division opponents. In June when the team travels to Atlanta, Arizona, and Colorado.

The Phillies are finishing up a disappointing season.

The complete schedule is available here.

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