Red Sox 2019 regular season schedule: Key dates to look forward to
By Sean Penney
The Boston Red Sox have revealed their 2019 regular season schedule. Here are some key dates to look forward to next year.
It’s never too early to look ahead, right? How about a glimpse of what we can look forward to next year. The Boston Red Sox have released their 2019 regular season schedule in plenty of time for fans to plan accordingly.
Next season will begin with a lengthy 11-game road trip that takes them through Seattle, Oakland, and Arizona. That’s a brutal schedule when you consider that all three teams are currently in the mix for a playoff spot this year. The A’s are tied for first in the AL West and the Diamondbacks lead the NL West. The Mariners are no pushover either, sitting 4.5 games out of their division or a Wild Card spot.
Boston has opened the season on the road in seven on the last eight years but this will be the first time since 2008 that they begin the season on the West Coast.
There is a silver lining to the difficult stretch though. Boston gets one of their West Coast trips out of the way early and will have a bit of extra time to travel after they leave Fort Myers at the end of spring training. A road trip is always welcome early in the season given how cold it can be in Boston during early April. The Mariners and Diamondbacks play in ballparks with retractable roofs and the weather in Oakland should be far more manageable than it will be back home.
The Red Sox home opener will be Tuesday, April 9 against the Toronto Blue Jays. That game is sandwiched between a pair of off days.
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Boston will host Toronto for one more game before inviting the Baltimore Orioles to town for a four-game weekend series. That will include the annual Patriots Day game the morning of April 15. Get ready for an early start time on Marathon Monday.
The Red Sox and New York Yankees renew their rivalry for the first time in 2019 with two games in the Bronx on April 16-17. Those teams won’t see each other again until the Red Sox make another trip to the Bronx at the end of May. The Yankees won’t play at Fenway until after the All-Star break, with the first visit slated for July 25-28.
Boston and New York will also take their feud across the pond for two games in London on June 29-30. The Red Sox are scheduled for two consecutive off days leading into that series to allow themselves the opportunity to adjust to the time zone difference. However, they only get one day off to travel to Toronto for a three-game series with the Jays. Expect a bit of jetlag from the Red Sox players as they rack up a ton of international travel miles.
Boston plays six road games following their return from London before the All-Star break, which will be from July 8-11.
Looking for a fun road trip to book tickets for? The Red Sox make a rare visit to Petco Park to face the San Diego Padres from August 23-25. Watch the game, then hit the beach! They will then play two games in Colorado from August 27-28. The best offense in baseball being unleashed at Coors field? Sign me up!
The Red Sox have a September schedule loaded with matchups with contending teams this season. That won’t be the case next year. The 2019 season wraps up with games against the San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles. Sure, those teams could upgrade over the offseason to vault into contention next year but at the moment we can safely say that none of them have us worried. A strong finish could be in store for the Red Sox next year.
There are a lot of appealing games for fans to look forward to next year but the Red Sox still have some business to take care of in 2018. If they maintain their status as the best team in baseball this year then they may navigate next year’s schedule as the reigning World Series champions.