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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Spring Training Blues

I had a few moments this morning and since the Nats have failed to release their Spring Training schedule yet, I compiled what is publicly known about it by visiting the other teams websites in the Grapefruit League.

Eight of the the teams (BAL, FLA, BOS, ATL, PHI, TOR, TB and NYY) have released their tentative schedules. Seven (NYM, STL, MIN, HOU, CIN, PIT, DET) have not. The Nats don't play against BOS, TB or NYY.

The Nats have only 10 games with the eight teams that have released their schedule. With ST starting 2/25 this season (to allow for the stupid World Baseball Classic) and running through 4/3, that leaves a possible 39 dates, of which the Nats have filled 10. So the possible 29 dates will be filled with the seven teams that haven't released their schedule yet. Of those seven, MIN, CIN, PIT and DET play on the other side of the state (I'll get to this), meaning that the bulk of the 29 remaining dates will be filled with JUST NYM, STL and HOU.

Now, here's the quirky part: the Nats have games scheduled with TOR and PHI, who also play on the gulf coast, on APR 1 & 2 respectively, with dates open March 30 and 31. It doesn’t take a big leap to guess that the Nats will play the ENTIRE LAST WEEK OF SPRING TRAINING ON THE ROAD, come up to DC for the "fan fest" or whatever they're calling it, then travel BACK TO FLORIDA for the season opener!!!

Here's the complete schedule as announced by other teams so far (all games 1:05 pm):

MAR 6 @ BAL
MAR 12 @ ATL
MAR 16 @FLA
MAR 18 FLA
MAR 19 BAL
MAR 24 @ BAL
MAR 25 ATL
MAR 29 @ FLA
APR 1 @ TOR
APR 2 @ PHI

Say Mar 30 and 31 they play at DET (Lakeland) and PIT (Bradenton) on their way across the state to play on the gulf coast. They probably won't play MIN (just too far in Ft. Myers) and let's just guess they get one in against CIN (they never have before, but let's play along). And say they have a home and home with Houston (Kissimmee). That's still just five more games removed from 29 OPEN DATES!!! Let's guess they have four off days (the O's have four). That leaves 20 games made up with just two teams.

So I'm here to tell you, get used to seeing the Mets and Cardinals in your spring training box scores, because that's all that’s left. Unless they're just going to intrasquad for the bulk of Spring Training.

5 comments:

Graham said...

The Cardinals schedule has already been posted at the official Roger Dean Stadium website -- http://www.rogerdeanstadium.com/spring/cardinals/.

The Cards play 3 spring games against the Nats.

You can also find links to all of the schedules that have been released so far at http://www.springtrainingconnection.com/schedules.html

Dave Nichols said...

thankls Graham. the STL schedule wasn't posted on the team website. i didn't think to check the facility website as well.

so if the Nats only play 3 against the Cards, then they must be playing more travelling games than ever before.

Dave Nichols said...

actuially, i guess they are playing Houston and myabe even Detroit much more often than in years past.

and looking at things closer, it really sets up nice for a road trip right across the state the last week of the ST season.

diehardnatsfan said...

Doesn't look like the Nats play at Twins according to this schedule.

http://www.springtrainingconnection.com/fortmyers.html#schedule

Wil Nieves said...

this article about the current state of the nats is a little sad. i would hate to see kasten go.
ESPN article