Mets 2018 regular season schedule released

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For the Mets, it's time to look forward to next year-literally. The Nationals will conclude the 2018 home slate with a six-game homestand against the Mets and Marlins (Sept. 20-26), and will finish out the regular season with the aforementioned three-game road trip to Colorado. When 2018 arrives, optimism will likely be present for a turnaround season in Queens. Major League Baseball introduced the 2018 schedule, which opens with all 30 teams playing on March 29.

The Mets' appearance at Fenway Park for the first time since 2009 is among the novelties of the team's schedule for next season, which was released Tuesday.

The March 29 season opener will be the earliest in franchise history. In addition, there will be a three-game home interleague series against the Cleveland Indians (June 25-27) and a three-game road series at Detroit (Sept. 7-9).

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The Subway Series - six games rather than the usual four - against the Yankees will run June 8-10 at Citi Field. The road Interleague schedule will take the Royals to Milwaukee (June 26-27), Pittsburgh (Sept. 17-19) and Cincinnati (Sept. 25-26). Toronto Blue Jays (May 15-16), Baltimore Orioles (June 5-6) and Tampa Bay Rays (July 6-8) will all take on the Mets in the National League venue. By contrast, the longest homestand of the year follows when they host Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, and Washington as part of a 10-game homestand leading into the all-star break.

Nationals Park will open its gates for 11 homestands next year, five of which will span eight games or more, including three separate 10-game stays, and feature 14 weekend series.

The Cardinals begin with a six-game road trip to NY and Milwaukee, then return home Thursday, April 5, against the Diamondbacks as part of a six-game homestand with Arizona and Milwaukee.

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