MLB released their full planned schedules for the 2022 season today, including the upcoming slate for the Seattle Mariners.
Here's a look at the 2022 Mariners schedule pic.twitter.com/HlsgDeDuIr— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) August 4, 2021
The standout elements at first glance appear to be, in roughly chronological order...
- Seattle opens at home! They’ll host the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, March 31st, 2022 to start the season as part of a four-game set, then host the Angels for a peculiar two-gamer. Detroit figures to still be poor next year, though they’ve shown some life with their young pitching and had Seattle’s number frustratingly often this year.
- Seattle earns another April trip to the AL Central, winners of the “League’s Least Considerate Hosts” award for decades running. The league plans in an extra rain-out day around Minnesota’s carelessness/rooflessness as usual, and it’s fair to assume the three-game set in Chicago will be cut down a few innings for weather as well. C’est la vie.
- The M’s get a few massive homestands in the early stretches of the season, with a ten-game homestand in both April and June, as well ten-day, eight-game home set in September.
- Conversely, the road trips are challenging to be sure, but geographically seem as well oriented as possible. A ten-game road trip in May looks like a crucible on the field, but at least facing the Mets, Blue Jays, and Red Sox in sequence is a compact travel order.
- The July slate is a fascinating one, with Seattle hosting Oakland over the July 4th weekend, then traveling to San Diego for a pair of games over the holiday itself. They return home after an off-day for four with Canada’s finest, then hoof it for six on the road against the Nationals and Rangers, careening into the All-Star Break. Notably, July 31st is the final regular season game Seattle will play against the Astros on the year.
- Seattle faces the NL East as their inter-league foes this year. They’ll travel for three against the Marlins and Mets early in the season, host Philadelphia and Atlanta for three in May and September respectively, and play the beloved two home, two away with the Nationals and Padres.
- August and September are stacked with games against the Angels and Athletics, making for what could easily be constantly vital series sets.
- The M’s finish at home with a six game set against the likely-awful Texas and the tough-to-project A’s.