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MLB announces 2021 schedule; Mets open on road against Nationals

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The schedule comes out in the same week that the league announced its 2020 schedule

New York Mets Summer Workouts Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The Mets have not yet played a game in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic—it remains to be seen whether MLB will even be able to safely resume this season—but the team already knows its plans for 2021. Earlier today, the league announced its 2021 schedule, just one week after announcing plans for its upcoming season, which kicks off on July 23. All 30 teams will begin play on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Like they did in 2019, the Mets will open on the road against the Nationals for a three-game set before traveling to Philadelphia for three against the Phillies. Their home opener at Citi Field will take place on Thursday, April 8 against the Marlins. The Mets will take on the AL East once again, with six against the Yankees, four against the Orioles, and three against the Blue Jays and the Rays. The team is scheduled to play the AL East this year after originally being set to take on the AL West pre-pandemic.

The team’s slate includes a trip to the Bronx to take on the Yankees over the July 4th weekend, as well as the previously announced game at Citi Field between the two clubs on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The team’s longest homestead of the year will clock in at ten games from July 23 through August 1 against the Blue Jays (3), the Braves (4), and the Reds (3). The team will also embark on a nine-game road trip in mid-May against the Rays (3), Braves (3), and Marlins (3).

It remains to be seen what shape the 2021 season will take, and whether fans will be allowed back into ballparks in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Other items of note:

  • The 2021 MLB All Star Game will be held in Atlanta at Truist Park on July 13
  • The Mets will play two at Fenway Park on September 21 and 22
  • The Met will hit the west coast from June 1-June 6 (Diamondbacks and Padres) and August 16-22 (Giants and Dodgers)

The team posted a full calendar view of their schedule which includes all games and dates: