Teams around Major League Baseball are releasing their 2017 schedules. It’s a ritual that always comes around this time of the year, but as a Cleveland Indians fan, it feels different this year. I am not instantly looking at it, wondering when I can look forward to the Indians making a playoff push next season. Instead, they are in one now and the idea of looking ahead to 2017 already seems crazy.
Still, looking ahead can be fun. And, for the Indians, they will open the season on April 3 against the Texas Rangers. Depending on how things play out in the playoffs, one of these teams could have quite the chip on their shoulder. The Indians are unlikely to play the Rangers in the ALDS, but if both teams defeat their first-round opponents, we could be looking at ALCS matchup.
As we push for a 2016 division title, our 2017 schedule is now out!— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 14, 2016
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One good thing about starting the season on the road in Texas (and then in Arizona) is they will hopefully avoid the horrible Ohio weather that plagued the first couple weeks of 2016.
The Tribe home opener comes against the Chicago White Sox a week later on April 11. They will then play host to the Detroit Tigers before making their first road trip to face the Minnesota Twins and White Sox again.
Seeing as there no Republican National Convention causing the Tribe to leave town for a few weeks, they have a pretty even schedule as far as long home stretches and long away stretches are concerned.
Right off the bat, they will make a quick trip to Arizona after the opening series against Texas, but they will not be on the West Coast again until right after the All-Star break, when they face the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants in back-to-back series. Their only other West Coast trip comes at a rather unfortunate time — right smack in the middle of divisional games at the end of September from the 19th to the 24th.
Much like this season, September 2017 is packed with intra-division games. The Indians will face each of their AL Central rivals at least once in the month, wrapping up the season with a three-game set against the White Sox.
Here a few odds and ends about the schedule:
- Longest homestand: September 8 - September 17 (BAL, DET, KC)
- Longest roadtrip: May 1 - May 10 (DET, KC, TOR) & August 10 - August 20 (TB, MIN, KC)
- Most games between off days: June 13 - July 2 (LAD, MIN, BAL, MIN, TEX, DET)