The Angels in 2016 …
The 2016 schedule was unveiled Tuesday, with the Angels and the rest of the American League West facing off against the National League Central in Interleague Play.
Opening Day is April 4 and the regular-season finales are scheduled for Oct. 2. Major League Baseball has yet to announce which two teams will open for ESPN during Opening Night on Sunday, April 3. The First-Year Player Draft will take place June 9 and the All-Star Game, from Petco Park in San Diego, is being held July 12.
Below is a categorical look at the Angels’ slate.
Out of the gate: The Angels open a day later, on Tuesday, April 5, at home against Joe Maddon and the Cubs. They’ll start with a two-game set, then host the Rangers for a four-game weekend series – April 7-10 – and hit the road for a 10-game, 11-day road trip.
Against the Dodgers: They’ll play four games, not six, against their crosstown rivals this season. And they’ll all come in the middle of May. The Angels will play at Dodger Stadium May 16-17, and the Dodgers come to Angel Stadium May 18-19.
More Interleague: The Angels will travel to face the Brewers (May 2-4), Pirates (June 3-5) and Cubs (Aug. 9-10), while hosting the Cardinals (May 10-12) and Reds (Aug. 29-31). The Angels once again will not be going to St. Louis, which means Albert Pujols won’t return to Busch Stadium until 2019 at the earliest – unless the Cardinals and Angels meet in the World Series.
Logistics: The Angels have three three-city trips. They go Oakland-Minnesota-Chicago April 11-21, Boston-Tampa-Baltimore July 1-10 (right before the All-Star break) and Seattle-Chicago-Cleveland Aug. 5-14. Two of their 16 off days will come in the middle of a road trip – players hate those – and they’ll have one trip, in September, that pairs Arlington with Houston.
Down the stretch: In September, the Angels will play 25 of 29 games within their division. The season will end with a six-game homestand, against the A’s and Astros from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2. It’ll mark the first time since 2011 that the Angels have finished their season at home.