Is it too early to start thinking about next season yet? Not at all. Below is the release from the Mets about the tentative 2011 schedule.
The New York Mets today announced their preliminary 2011 schedule that has the team opening the season in Florida against the Marlins on Friday, April 1. The Mets’ home opener at Citi Field is scheduled for Friday, April 8, against the Washington Nationals at 4:10 p.m.
The Mets start on the road for the fourth time in five seasons and continue their season-opening series with the Marlins on April 2-3 before traveling to Philadelphia for a three-game set with the Phillies, April 5-7. The team returns home for a seven-game homestand that concludes with four dates against the Rockies, April 11-14.
The division rival Phillies’ first trip to New York is set for May 27-29. The Mets will play host to the Subway Series, July 1-3 at Citi Field after visiting the Bronx, May 20-22.
Other interleague matchups at Citi Field include three dates with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, June 17-19 and a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics, June 21-23. The Mets round out their interleague schedule with trips to Texas, June 24-26 and Detroit, June 28-30.
Starting times for Mets 2011 home games at Citi Field will be 7:10 p.m. for night contests and 1:10 p.m. for those in the day. Along with the home opener, exceptions include Thursday, July 21 vs. St. Louis and Thursday, Aug. 11 vs. San Diego. Those two games have a 12:10 p.m. first pitch.
The Mets will finish the regular season at home with a six-game homestand, featuring three-game sets against the Phillies, Sept. 23-25, and Cincinnati, Sept. 26-28.
The 2011 schedule is subject to change, including all Saturday and Sunday games, which are subject to Major League Baseball’s national broadcast agreements with FOX and ESPN. Further, MLB adopted the recommendation of The Commissioner’s Special Committee for On-Field Matters to begin the regular season earlier and mid-week to avoid playing World Series games in November.