The Miami Marlins will undertake a “full,” 60-game season against a total of nine opponents beginning on July 24.
As it’s already been well publicized, with the season condensed from a 162-game format down to 60 contests, each game will be approximately 2.7 times more important than in years past. This serves to put the Miami Marlins right in the thick of a pennant race from day one.
Any team, no matter how outmatched, can win a game on any given day. Also, any given team can get hot for a month or two. More than anything else, this can give the Marlins an unexpected “head-start” on their rebuild plan. Not expected to really compete for a postseason slot until the 2021 campaign, the Marlins could jump the gun and be right in the thick of the race through the season.
The Marlins opponents are all members of the National League and American League Eastern Divisions. Home dates, of which there are 30, are in bold.
Miami Marlins 2020 MLB Team-by-Team Schedule
Atlanta Braves: August 14, 15, 16, September 7, 8, 9, 21, 22, 23, 24
The Miami Marlins will face their closest geographically divisional rival at home for the first time in mid-August, with a heavy road dose of Truist Park in September.
Baltimore Orioles: July 27, 28, 29, 30
The Orioles and Marlins, who represent two of the three worst teams from 2019, will face off in back-to-back two game home-and-home series. The Marlins have a nice chance to close out their first week with a winning record, especially if they can take at least three from the birds.
Boston Red Sox: September 14, 15, 16
No trip to Fenway Park this season for the Marlins. They’ll instead face the venerable franchise three times with about two weeks remaining in the campaign.
New York Mets: August 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
A pair of three-game road series sandwich a four-game home-set between the Miami Marlins and the Amazin’s (or lolMets, depending on how they shake out this season).
New York Yankees: September 25, 26, 27
The Marlins will close out their regular season against the Bronx Bombers in Yankee Stadium. It’ll probably lose some of its luster with an empty house, but it’s the house Jeter built, after all.
Philadelphia Phillies: July 24, 25, 26, August 4, 5, 6, September 10, 11, 12, 13
Miami opens their quest on July 24 against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park for three games. They’ll twice host prodigal son J.T. Realmuto and Philadelphia later in the season.
Tampa Bay Rays: August 28, 29, 30, September 4, 5, 6
The Miami Marlins only “local” foe, the Tampa Bay Rays will play three games each right around the beginning of the second half of the season. First, three in Marlins Park to end August, then three more in Tropicana Field a few days later.
Toronto Blue Jays: August 11, 12, September 1, 2
If Canada can figure out how to circumvent their COVID policy, the Marlins are due to cross the border for a pair of games in mid-August. The Jays are due in south Florida to open September.
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Washington Nationals: July 31, August 1, 2, 21, 22, 23, 24, September 18, 19, 20
The defending MLB Champion Washington Nationals will visit Miami at the end of July and again near the end of the season for a pair of three-game sets. The Marlins head to our nation’s capital on August 21 for four games.
Between now and then, each major league club is permitted to play up to three exhibition games between themselves. It’s unclear what coverage will be available, or even if every team decides to participate. Whatever happens, we’ll be keeping you informed here at Marlin Maniac. Thanks for reading.