Greetings M's fans and blog readers ... I haven't totally forsaken you. And I'm working on a few more end of the season posts.
Anyway the Mariners released their tentative schedule for next season. You can view it HERE.
Seattle opens the regular season on the road at Minnesota on April 6th.
(the place where the M's got Carlos Silva from and can't return - photo is from a start there this season). After a four-game series in Minnesota, the Mariners go to Oakland for three.
The home opener will be on Wednesday, April 15th against the Los Angeles Angels (hopefully we won't have to see any of K-Rod's ridiculous histrionics in the series).
That will start a nine-game homestand, with the Tigers and Rays following.
As for interleague play, the Mariners will play the National League West this season. The first session will feature a quick three-game series on May 23-25 against the San Francisco Giants - meaning Tim Lincecum might be making a start at Safeco. Ahh, what might've been.
Interleague play continues a few weeks later with a series at Colorado (June 12-14) followed by a series at "natural rival" San Diego (June 16-18). The Arizona Diamondbacks (June 19-21)and BoMel and the Padres (June 23-25) will come to Safeco. Seattle will also have a later road series at Chavez Ravine against the Dodgers (June 26-28).
As for other key series ...
Red Sox fans and several impostor and poser Red Sox fans will invade Safeco for only three days this season on May 16-18.
But only one Sox series means two Yankees' series, which is almost, but not quite, as annoying. The Bombers come to Safeco on August 14-17 and on Sept. 19-21. So at least fans will get to see A-Rod not hit here and a team most likely slipping out of the postseason race.
Also as if it's not punishment enough, the Orioles and the benefits of the Bedard deal come not once to Safeco, but twice. Adam Jones, George Sherrill, Chris Tillman (possibly) and Co. will be here on June 1-3 and July 7-9.