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Phillies schedule: Phils-Braves postponed because of inclement weather, doubleheader Sunday

Phillies schedule: Phils-Braves postponed because of inclement weather, doubleheader Sunday

Friday night's series opener between the Phillies and Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park has been rained out.

It was a "quick bang" as they say in the baseball business, no waiting around for the bad weather to clear out. That's part of the health and safety protocol for the COVID-impacted 2020 season. Major League Baseball does not want players and staff sitting around for long periods of time in enclosed areas like a clubhouse.

The postponement will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Game 2 begins 40 minutes after Game 1 ends. The Phillies have 53 games remaining on their schedule and six of them will be played as part of doubleheaders. They already played a doubleheader Wednesday night, splitting with the New York Yankees.

Jake Arrieta will start for the Phillies Saturday against the Braves. Vince Velasquez will start one of the games of the doubleheader Sunday. The starter for the other game is still TBA. The Phils could promote prospect Spencer Howard to make the start. More on that as it becomes available.

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2020 Phillies schedule update: Make-up games against Blue Jays, Marlins announced

2020 Phillies schedule update: Make-up games against Blue Jays, Marlins announced

How will the Phillies make up all those postponed games, you ask?

MLB revealed the revised schedule on Thursday afternoon, which affects six Phillies make-up games — three against the Blue Jays and three against the Marlins.

The Blue Jays series was the one the Phillies had postponed last weekend. The Marlins series was supposed to take place this week but was changed to a make-up series between the Phillies and Yankees, who had all four of their games postponed last week after the Phillies came in contact with a Miami team that experienced a COVID-19 breakout.

Here are the specifics on these make-up games:

Phillies-Blue Jays

• The Phillies will make up two of the three games against the Blue Jays with a seven-inning doubleheader in Buffalo on Thursday, Aug. 20. It begins at 1:05 p.m. The Phillies were originally off on Aug. 20.

• The other Phillies-Blue Jays game will be made up during their scheduled series at Citizens Bank Park the weekend of Sept. 18-20. On Friday, Sept. 18, the teams will play a doubleheader at CBP with the Blue Jays serving as the home team in Game 1 and the Phillies as the home team in Game 2. Same thing as Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

Phillies-Marlins

The Phillies will end up playing seven games against the Marlins in a five-day span in Miami from Sept. 10-14. The opening weekend series and this seven-game series account for all 10 of the Phillies' meetings with the Marlins in 2020.

It was originally supposed to be a three-game series from Sept. 10-13. Instead, the teams will play doubleheaders on Sept. 11 and Sept. 13 and play the seventh and final game on Sept. 14.

Phillies-Red Sox

The Phillies' two-game home series against the Red Sox on Sept. 8-9 has been changed to a doubleheader on Sept. 8 beginning at 4:05 p.m. This schedule change gives the Phillies an off-day on Sept. 9 before they play 17 games in 14 days.

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Phillies’ 2021 schedule includes a bucket list trip for baseball fans

Phillies’ 2021 schedule includes a bucket list trip for baseball fans

Three days after MLB’s 2020 schedule came out, the league released the 2021 schedule.

There’s so much uncertainty around baseball right now, with COVID-19 cases around the league, issues with testing, players opting out and many others wary of the virus. There will be no fans in the stands in 2020, but this look at the 2021 schedule provides some early excitement for if/when the coronavirus pandemic slows enough to allow fans back into stadiums.

The Phillies will open the 2021 season at home against the Braves on April 1. The first four series alternate between Braves and Mets, the first two at home and next two on the road.

The Phils’ earliest 2021 non-division road trip is to Colorado and St. Louis from April 23-29.

The month of May includes two long road trips — a nine-gamer through Atlanta, Washington and Toronto, and another nine-game trip to Miami, Tampa and Cincy the week of Memorial Day. The Phillies also have a home weekend series against the Red Sox.

The Phillies face a daunting slate in June, with 11 consecutive games against the Nationals, Braves, Yankees and Dodgers. That Dodgers series is the Phils’ first West Coast swing, with a series in San Francisco to follow.

The Phillies are home for July 4 (a Sunday) against the Padres and then close out the first half of 2021 on the road at Wrigley Field and Fenway Park in back-to-back series. That is a bucket list trip for many baseball fans.

From July 22 through Aug. 15, the Phils play 17 of 24 games at home, before their final West Coast trip to Arizona and San Diego.

September/October 2021 is not as heavy a dose of division matchups as usual for the final month. Only 13 of the Phillies’ 30 regular-season games after Sept. 1 are against NL East teams. Their final week is a trip to Atlanta and Miami.

The Phillies’ interleague schedule is entirely against the AL East, so these two divisions will become quite familiar over the next 15 months. The Phillies play the Rays, Blue Jays, Yankees and Red Sox on the road. They host the Red Sox, Yankees, Rays and Orioles.

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