With the 2020 MLB schedule released yesterday, we now know exactly what the 60-game season will look like. While the Houston Astros are probably glad the season has been delayed as it means everyone has mostly forgotten about their sign-stealing scandal, they might be a bit worried looking at their new schedule.
After opening the season with a four-game home series against the Seattle Mariners, the Astros welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to Houston. The Dodgers, of course, are the team that the Astros beat in the 2017 World Series, the season during which the Astros were using cameras to steal opposing team's signs.
While there likely won't be any fans in attendance and this series is a home one for the Astros, the Dodgers might be feeling some animosity towards them and there could be some tensions throughout those two games.
As if that's not good enough, on Sept. 12 and 13, the Astros come to LA for a two-game series.
Again, there probably won't be fans at the game, but that's not to say the Astros won't get a taste of how Southern California feels about them. Maybe fans will be waiting for the Astros outside Dodger Stadium, welcoming the Astros with a crowd of boos and jeers.
These two series would be more fun if fans were actually able to be at the games, but regardless, it will be interesting to watch how the Dodgers handle the whole thing. Will they still be angry and feel like they got cheated out of a World Series title? Will they try to retaliate?
Or will everyone have moved on and just want to play baseball?
Either way, you can bet that the build up to these four games will be intense across baseball media.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.