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Your first look at the 2018 Milwaukee Brewers schedule

Division games pack the early part of the year, while the second half starts with what might be an imposing stretch

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

There are still (at least) 18 games left in the 2017 season for the Milwaukee Brewers, but we're already getting a look at what's in store for the 2018 crew.

The league announced its schedule for next season this morning. Here's a look at the slate for the Brewers:

The Highlights:

- The season will start with a three-game set in San Diego before the team comes home to host three against the Cardinals and four against the Cubs- The early part of the schedule is division-heavy, with 8 of Milwaukee's first 26 games coming against the Cubs and 6 against the Cardinals

- Similar to this year, the last month of the season is also packed with games against the rivals across the border, with 6 games against the Cubs slated for September 2018- One of the toughest stretches might be the couple of weeks following the All-Star break: 17 consecutive games with no days off, including a homestand against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals, then an 8-game road trip through San Francisco and Los Angeles before coming home for a 3-game series against Colorado.

- Interleague games shift to the AL Central, getting started early with two games against Ned Yost's Kansas City Royals in the final week of April and ending with a home series against the Detroit Tigers for games 160-162.

Plenty about opponent quality can change in the offseason, of course, but at least the early schedule release can help some of you plan which series you want to go see.