Major League Baseball released the shortened 2020 schedule that sets the Baltimore Orioles up for a July 24 opener at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. The O’s play the Miami Marlins on July 29 at Camden Yards in the team’s home opener.
Coming off a 54–108 record in 2019, the Orioles will look to make the best of the shortened 60-game slate of opponents. Baltimore will not travel to the West Coast or Midwest for any games and will host teams from the East Coast at Camden Yards.The month of August includes 19 games against American League East opponents; this stretch will be make-or-break for the O’s as they look to compete in the abbreviated season.Additionally, the Orioles will have difficult interleague matchups against the Nationals and Phillies in August. Other National League opponents in 2020 are the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, and Miami Marlins.
Baltimore plays its final home game on August 20 against the Tampa Bay Rays and concludes the season in Toronto against the Blue Jays.Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, MLB is hoping to safely sustain a 60-game schedule in the period of about two and a half months. Games will most likely feature empty stadiums, as fans will be discouraged from attending games due to the virus.The Orioles were 19–41 through their first 60 games of the 2019 season, so I would predict similar results for the shortened season. With that being said, the minimized schedule allows teams to get on a roll and make some noise during the dog days of summer. Either way, it will be great to see baseball return and the Orioles back in action!The full 2020 schedule is below:
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