Since 2001, Oriole fans have seen many of their American League East rivals – Boston, New York, Tampa Bay and Toronto. That will not be the case in 2023.
The Orioles have played 19 games against every team in the AL East — 76 total, nearly half their game roster. Starting next year, the Orioles will only play 14 games against teams from AL East, for a total of 56 games.
Fans can get tired of seeing the same teams over and over again. The Orioles played the Yankees in 13 of their first 45 games. The advanced schedule leaves just six games between the teams in the final four-plus months of the season.
In the current system, each AL team plays three series home and away against each other. In theory, the series can be spread out, and the Orioles could play a series against the Yankees once a month from April through September, but it never works that way.
The Orioles were supposed to open the season with a series against Toronto at home, but due to the lockout, that series will end the season on October 3approx-5th.
They did not play against the Blue Jays until June 13tth. In their last 101 games, the Orioles and Toronto have played 19 times, but not until August 8 in Baltimoreth. These quirks are to be eliminated with the new timetable.
The Orioles play a three-game series and a four-game series at home and away with each of the four division rivals.
When the 2023 schedule is released, it will be fascinating to see if Major League Baseball wants to start and end the season with division games like in the past.
One team in each division must be playing out of division at all times, but having most of the Orioles’ games against the AL East in April and September may not be as interesting as splitting them up.
This year, starting May 16, the Orioles played exclusively against the AL Eastth-May 30th15 consecutive games,
The Orioles are in their longest stretch not playing AL East. From June 21stSt-13. Julythplay non-AL East teams 20 times in a row.
In 2023, the Orioles will play six games — three home and three away — with each of the other 10 teams in the American League. There will be no more scheduled four-game series between teams Orioles and AL Central and West.
Instead of 76 games against AL East and 70 against Center and West, there will be 56 games against East and 60 against Center and West.
The biggest change is that, like the NBA and NHL, each major league team will play each other each year.
Instead of 16 Interliga games, there will be 56.
The only scheduled two-game series for the Orioles is the annual home and away games against the Nationals, and there will be a three-game series against the other 14 National League teams.
The venues for the interleague games alternate each year. In the current format, the Orioles haven’t had to play in St. Louis for 17 years, and Milwaukee, the Orioles’ opening-day opponent that season, previously played in Baltimore in 2003.
In the old format, fans could go six years or more without seeing the Dodgers or Giants in Baltimore, but now they see them every two years.
While it will be fun to have a biennial trip to Wrigley Field, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, or Oracle Park in San Francisco, it seems like potential makeup games will be harder to reschedule.
For years, the American League and National League had separate identities. There was no league operation until 1997, until 2000 the referees worked for the league offices, which have since been dissolved.
Without the Interleague Game, the All-Star Game and World Series had more mystique.
I like interleague games and am excited to see how the new schedule unfolds. Does this mean more travel for the Orioles? Would you maybe make three trips to the west coast?
On the surface, it seems like fewer games against the AL East should help an improving Orioles team. Fans will get to know Nolan Arenado, Jazz Chisholm and Paul Goldschmidt better, but not get to see as much of Gerrit Cole, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Aaron Judge.
Will the compromise be worth it?