Earlier today, MLB released the full 2016 schedule for every team. The Brewers schedule is available on their website for viewing now. With the schedule available, let's take a look at some of the highlights for next season for the Brewers.
Opening Day will take place at home once again for the Brewers. This will be the fifth straight year that the Brewers will open their season at Miller Park (the last time they opened on the road was 2011). Opening up the season for the Brewers will be the San Francisco Giants. The Brewers last opened the season against the Giants in 2009, when they traveled to AT&T Park for a three-game series to open the year. In 2015, the Brewers went 1-5 against the Giants, with the lone win coming on the road on July 28.
Meanwhile, on the road, the Brewers first road trip will be to St. Louis. For the second straight year, the Brewers will have to face the Cardinals in their home opener on April 11. That first road trip will be eight games, with trips to Pittsburgh and Minneapolis following the stop in St. Louis.
Interleague action will highlight the month of April for the Brewers. The Astros will play the Brewers for the first time in three years in the second series of the season taking place April 8-10, which should also be a homecoming for former Brewers Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers. They will also have their yearly home/away series against the Twins April 18-21, which is the earliest the two teams have met since 1992, when they both played in the American League. Looking at the rest of the season, the Brewers will host interleague matchups against the Astros, Twins, Angels, and Athletics, while they will make road trips to the Twins, Athletics, Rangers, and Mariners. The Rangers road series will take place September 26-28, which is the latest in the season the Brewers have had an interleague series since the number of interleague games expanded.
Looking at the month-by-month breakdown for the Brewers, here are the home/road splits:
Most months are favorable to the Brewers. They don't play more road games than home games in a month until September, where that catches up to them in a big way. The Brewers only get nine home games in September, compared to twenty road games in the month. If the team hopes to make any kind of run next year (which is unlikely, but can't be ruled out), it will come in a tough final month.
In terms of long home stands and road trips, the Brewers have a few, as usual. They have two 10-game home stands in the season, the first occurring July 22-31, and the second a month later, August 22-31. The longest road trip comes in September, where they play 11 straight on the road on September 8-18. That streak occurs at the end of 17 games in a row, 14 of those occurring on the road.
Brewers will also have a few long streaks without off-days in the schedule. The longest takes place April 26-May 15, their only streak of 20 games in a row that they have (which is the longest allowed by MLB rules).
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