I know that the last thing on the minds of fans whose team is notched in a heated postseason race is what next year’s schedule looks like, but the official MLB schedule for all 30 teams was announced Wednesday nonetheless. More likely than not, the St. Louis Cardinals will be turning the pages on a new season in about two weeks. It kills me to make such a big deal out of a simple schedule release (like everyone else does), but get out your calendars!
Because MLB just loves the Cardinals, St. Louis gets to play in an unusual one-game season opener on Wednesday, April 4th to open the Miami Marlins’ new ballpark. They will welcome the rival Chicago Cubs to town for the first three games at Busch Stadium of 2012 (April 13th-15th), and the season concludes with a six-game homestand against the Nationals and Reds. Game No. 162 will be played on October 3rd.
As far as Interleague Play is concerned, the Cardinals will face every AL Central team except the Minnesota Twins. Although the Interleague schedule is primarily set up to have East vs. East, Central vs. Central, and West vs. West, it’s looking like the overall problem regarding fairness and balance, or lack thereof, will still be present in 2012.