Mets 2018 season schedule announced: Opening day, final series, dates to know

Mets 2018 season schedule announced: Opening day, final series, dates to know

Mets 2018 season schedule announced: Opening day, final series, dates to know

After celebrating Opening Day in Cincinnati on March 29 and kicking off the 2018 season with a six-game road trip to the Queen City and Atlanta, the Nationals will mark the 85th home opener in D.C. since 1901 with a tilt against their divisional foe, the New York Mets.

Coming out of the Major League Baseball All-Star break, the Cardinals will play the Cubs seven times over 11 days with four games in Chicago, including a nationally-televised showcase game on Thursday, July 19 at Wrigley Field. Twenty of the final 23 games will come against NL East foes, including a four-game set at Nationals Park from September 20-23.

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 Mets will face the Red Sox in Boston in September.

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The Royals travel to St. Louis from May 21-23, and they will host the Cardinals on the weekend of August 10-12. The series shifts to The Bronx from July 20-22.

-Marquee June games: The Mets will play three high-profile teams during weekend series at Citi Field in June. They will then travel to San Diego (May 7-9) and Arizona (May 10-13) in May, and to Colorado Sept. 28-30.

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-Long home stand: The Mets will end the first half of 2018 with a season-long nine-game home stand at Citi Field.

-NL East finish: Twenty of the final 23 games will be against division opponents.

The complete schedule is available here.

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