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Cleveland releases 2021 regular season schedule

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And now, you know

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The entire 2021 regular season baseball schedule is now available for Cleveland fans.

Highlights

MLB Opening Day: April Fool’s Day, 1:10 p.m. @ Detroit.

Home Opener: April 5, 4:10 p.m. vs. Kansas City.

Little League Classic: Neutral site in Williamsport. Aug. 22, 7:10 p.m. vs. the Angels, as Cleveland is the “home” team.

All-Star Break: July 12-15

Final Game of the Regular Season: Oct. 3, 3:05 p.m. @ Texas.

Other Tidbits

  • Cleveland enjoys 20 off-days this season. Nine of those come on Mondays, eight come on Thursdays. There is one day off each on a Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
  • With three off-days in the first week of baseball, Cleveland will not need a fifth starter until at least Tuesday the 13th — however, this may very well end up being a bullpen day. If they choose to do that, they won’t need a fifth starter until April 17. This allows them additional active roster flexibility.
  • Longest homestand: April 20 (heh) through April 28.
  • Longest without an off-day: 18 games, June 24 — July 11 (going into the All-Star break, naturally).
  • Key stretch: If the team is anywhere near contention and the Royals are somehow in the race as well, September is absolutely brutal for Cleveland. On the road against Kansas City and Boston, back home for seven against the Twins and Brewers, a miniseries away against the Twins, away against the Yankees, and then a final stretch with six more against the Royals and four against the White Sox.
  • Best series to attend: Fourth of July weekend against the Astros is going to be a riot.