With the 2013 season only a few weeks away from completion, the New York Mets and their fans are looking ahead to the 2014 campaign. While the winter should be full of questions for the team, including what the future of Matt Harvey looks like, the 2014 regular season could be an exciting one for the Mets. The Mets are poised to spend big this winter in order to upgrade their offense and try and contend for the playoffs, and now they know the road they will have to face to get to October baseball in 2014. The team announced their preliminary 2014 schedule today, MetsBlog.com reports. Without further ado, we will take a look ahead at some of the highlights of the 2014 regular season schedule.
- The Mets will again open their season at home on March 31, 2014 with a date against the Washington Nationals. The Mets first homestand will run from March 31st to April 6th and also see the Cincinnati Reds come to town.
- The Mets' first road trip is a doozy. Beginning on April 8th, the Mets will play three at Turner Field against the Atlanta Braves. Following that series, they will fly to the West Coast for three game sets with the Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks.
- The four game Subway Series will take place from May 12th-15th, during the work week again. The May 12th and 13th games will be at Yankee Stadium, while the following two games will be played at Citi Field.
- A quirk in the schedule due to the Subway Series features the Mets playing a three game set at home against the Philadelphia Phillies, then going on the road for the Yankees, coming home for the Yankees, and going on the road again for a weekend set against the Nationals before starting another home stand.
- The Mets face a rough stretch in late June as they will play 14 of 16 games on the road. The only respite is a brief two game homestand against the Oakland A's before heading back on the road.
- The Mets will play at home on the following holidays: Mother's Day (May 11th vs. the Phillies), Memorial Day (May 26th vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates), Father's Day (June 15th vs. the San Diego Padres) and Independence Day (July 4th vs. the Texas Rangers).
- The Mets have a 10 game home stand to end the first half and a 10 game road trip to kick off the second half.
- As far as interleague is concerned, the Mets will match up with the American League West aside from the four rivalry games. The Mets will go on the road to play the Angels and Seattle Mariners and host the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros. The Mets and A's will play two games each in New York and Oakland in a similar fashion to how the Mets and White Sox faced off this season.
- The Mets will be on the road for Labor Day on September 1st as they kick off a three game set against the Miami Marlins.
- The Mets will wrap up their season at home for the second straight year with a three game series against the Astros.
All dates on the schedule are not finalized at this time and could be subject to change. It is important to note, however, that the preliminary 2013 schedule for the Mets differed very little from what the actual schedule looks like.
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