Breaking down the pandemic-shortened 2020 Phillies schedule

Dave Uram
July 07, 2020 - 3:13 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Major League Baseball: “Take two.”

The league released its revised 2020 schedule Monday night, and the Phillies’ — as expected — is very difficult, because their regional play is against arguably the two toughest divisions in baseball. 

As anticipated, Opening Day is July 24 against the Marlins in South Philly, which starts at 7:05 p.m. Almost half of the Phils games begin before 7 p.m., which is wonderful for fans who love to go to bed well before midnight.

They’re getting the Yankees out of the way early, with the second and third series of the season — two games at Citizens Bank Park, the other two in the Bronx. 

The Phils don’t face the World Champion Nationals until late August, but that starts a string of nine games against the Nats through the last week of the season. 

There are two eight-game road trips — one that takes them through Boston, Atlanta and Washington, and one 10-game homestand. The next longest homestand after 10 games is seven. There’s also a stretch of 20 scheduled games in a row from Aug. 25 through Sept. 13. 

And, there are three trips to Florida, which has experienced a spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. They play two series in Miami and one at the Tampa Bay Rays. 

As of now, fans aren’t expected to be able to attend games at Citizens Bank Park.

In terms of the original schedule, the remaining impacted games in July, August and September were handled by the Phils ticket office. Single-game ticket holders received refunds or credits. Season ticket holders had credits roll over for 2021.

The Phillies handled impacted games in April and May shortly after the season was supposed to begin. Then, they took care of June in that month, before finishing up with July, August and September.