The MLB released the 2020 schedule and the Texas Rangers now know how their first year inside Globe Life Field will shape up.
The first season inside Globe Life Field is approaching rapidly and on Monday, we got a snapshot of what the season will look like. The MLB released the 2020 schedules and gave us our first look at the opponents that will take on the Rangers next season.
First Globe Life Field Visitors (3/31 – 4/2)
The home opener for the Texas Rangers will be a particularly exciting one with the first official games inside Globe Life Field taking place. Texas will play host to AL West rivals, the Los Angeles Angels, starting on March 31st. A 3-game series, this will be the mark of the first regular season opponents to visit the new ballpark. That 3-game series will be part of a 6-game homestand in which the Rangers will try to get off on the right foot at their new home.
Interleague Play (various dates)
Texas will kickstart interleague play early this season visiting the Colorado Rockies on April 7th and 8th and then later that month, heading to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies on the 21st and 22nd.
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The first home interleague matchup comes in May when the Washington Nationals make the trek down to Arlington for a 3-game series running from the 26th-28th. The Braves will be the next National League team to visit Globe Life Field for a 3-game series from June 29th-July 1st.
Texas will then head down to Miami from July 7th-9th to face the Marlins at the beginning of a short 6-game road trip just prior to the All-Star break.
The series’ with the Phillies and Rockies will even up in August with Philadelphia visiting Arlington on the 11th and 12th along with Colorado getting a look at Globe Life Field on the 24th and 25th
Interleague play for the Rangers will come to a conclusion just prior to the end of the season in September with a 3-game series in New York against the Mets from the 18th-20th.
Rough Stretches (various dates)
The first tough set of games comes early next season with Texas hosting the Astros and Yankees for back to back 3-games series in April. The stretch starts on April 10th and runs through the 15th. They’ll follow that up not to long after with a brutal road trip to start off May. From the 1st through the 10th, the Rangers will visit Boston for 3 games, Cleveland for 4 and Tampa Bay for 3 games. That feeds directly into a homestand that sees the Blue Jays visit for 3 games followed by the Red Sox for a 4 game set. That caps off a 17-day stretch where Texas plays every day with all but 3 coming against teams currently in the 2019 playoff hunt.
June also offers up a tough stretch of games starting on the 9th when Texas will visit Houston. They’ll then return home for a pair of 3-game series against the Indians and Royals before heading out West for back to back series against the Angels and Mariners.
In late August and early September, Texas has a long stretch of games that sees them play every day starting on 8/27 and running through 9/13. Along that stretch they’ll host Baltimore before heading to the West Coast to take on the Angels and A’s. They’ll return home to face the Mariners and Astros capping off their final long run of games.
Closing Out the Season (9/22 – 9/27)
To cap off the year that hopefully has Texas fighting for a playoff spot, Texas will have a couple of tought divisional series that could be crucial. Thankfully both series are at home as the Rangers will host the A’s and the Mariners to close of the 2020 season and the first year inside Globe Life Field.