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2020 MLB season: Nationals schedule, opponents, format and odds

2020 MLB season: Nationals schedule, opponents, format and odds

Major League Baseball announced the Washington Nationals' schedule on Monday. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming season.

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When does the Major League Baseball season begin?

Major League Baseball will kick off its season July 23 after a three-month postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams are currently taking part in the second rendition of spring training or “Summer Camp,” which will last for about three weeks until the season begins. On Opening Day, MLB will showcase two games: the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the San Francisco Giants and the Nationals vs. the New York Yankees. The Nationals will host a three-game series to open the season against the current favorites to win the 2020 World Series.

How many games will be played this season?

Rather than the normal 162-game season, each team will play 60 games over the course of 66 days. The regular season will conclude on Sept. 27, and the postseason will begin in October as usual. The playoffs will be played normally with five teams from each league after the players’ union and MLB could not come to an agreement on an alternative postseason format.  

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Which teams will the Nationals play this season?

The Nationals will face nine different teams during their shortened season. They will play 10 games against each of their NL East Division rivals: the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies. The team will also play six games against their neighbors: the Baltimore Orioles. Finally, the remaining 14 games will be played against the other four teams in the AL East: the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. The Nationals season-opener against the Yankees will be the first time in history they began the season with an American League opponent. They will conclude their regular season with a four-game series with the Mets.

2020 Nationals Schedule

Day

Date

Opponent

Time

Thursday

7/23

vs. New York Yankees

7:08 PM (ESPN)

Saturday

7/25

vs. New York Yankees

7:15 PM

Sunday

7/26

vs. New York Yankees

1:05 PM

Monday

7/27

vs. Toronto

6:37 PM

Tuesday

7/28

vs. Toronto

4:05 PM

Wednesday

7/29

@ Toronto

6:37 PM

Thursday

7/30

@ Toronto

6:37 PM

Friday

7/31

@ Miami

7:10 PM

Saturday

8/1

@ Miami

6:10 PM

Sunday

8/2

@ Miami

1:10 PM

Tuesday

8/4

vs. New York Mets

7:05 PM

Wednesday

8/5

vs. New York Mets

6:05 PM

Friday

8/7

vs. Baltimore

6:05 PM

Saturday

8/8

vs. Baltimore

6:05 PM

Sunday

8/9

vs. Baltimore

12:35 PM

Monday

8/10

@ New York Mets

7:10 PM

Tuesday

8/11

@ New York Mets

7:10 PM

Wednesday

8/12

@ New York Mets

7:10 PM

Thursday

8/13

@ New York Mets

1:10 PM

Friday

8/14

@ Baltimore

7:05 PM

Saturday

8/15

@ Baltimore

7:05 PM

Sunday

8/16

@ Baltimore

1:05 PM

Monday

8/17

@ Atlanta

7:10 PM

Tuesday

8/18

@ Atlanta

7:10 PM

Wednesday

8/19

@ Atlanta

7:10 PM

Friday

8/21

vs. Miami

6:05 PM

Saturday

8/22

vs. Miami

6:05 PM

Sunday

8/23

vs. Miami

12:35 PM

Monday

8/24

vs. Miami

6:05 PM

Tuesday

8/25

vs. Philadelphia

6:05 PM

Wednesday

8/26

vs. Philadelphia

6:05 PM

Thursday

8/27

vs. Philadelphia

6:05 PM (FOX)

Friday

8/28

@ Boston

7:30 PM

Saturday

8/29

@ Boston

7:30 PM

Sunday

8/30

@ Boston

1:35 PM

Monday

8/31

@ Philadelphia

7:05 PM

Tuesday

9/1

@ Philadelphia

7:05 PM

Wednesday

9/2

@ Philadelphia

7:05 PM

Thursday

9/3

@ Philadelphia

4:05 PM

Friday

9/4

@ Atlanta

7:10 PM

Saturday

9/5

@ Atlanta

7:10 PM

Sunday

9/6

@ Atlanta

1:05 PM

Monday

9/7

vs. Tampa Bay

6:05 PM

Tuesday

9/8

vs. Tampa Bay

6:05 PM

Thursday

9/10

vs. Atlanta

6:05 PM

Friday

9/11

vs. Atlanta

6:05 PM

Saturday

9/12

vs. Atlanta

6:05 PM

Sunday

9/13

vs. Atlanta

12:35 PM

Tuesday

9/15

@ Tampa Bay

6:40 PM 

Wednesday

9/16

@ Tampa Bay

3:10 PM

Friday

9/18

@ Miami

7:10 PM

Saturday

9/19

@ Miami

6:10 PM

Sunday

9/20

@ Miami

1:10 PM

Monday

9/21

vs. Philadelphia

6:05 PM

Tuesday

9/22

vs. Philadelphia

6:05 PM

Wednesday

9/23

vs. Philadelphia

6:05 PM

Thursday

9/24

vs. New York Mets

6:05 PM

Friday

9/25

vs. New York Mets

6:05 PM

Saturday

9/26

vs. New York Mets

6:05 PM

Sunday

9/27

vs. New York Mets

7:15 PM (FOX)

Updated odds to win the World Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are the co-favorites to win the World Series this year with +375 odds. The Nationals are tied at sixth with +1800 odds.

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Nationals manager Davey Martinez gives piggyback ride to help Asdrúbal Cabrera celebrate 2nd homer

Nationals manager Davey Martinez gives piggyback ride to help Asdrúbal Cabrera celebrate 2nd homer

Davey Martinez has a new job: piggyback ride.

Asdrúbal Cabrera hopped on the Nationals manager Monday night following his second home run of the evening. Cabrera took a ride through a jubilant dugout in what became a rout for the struggling Nationals.

Cabrera homered twice Monday.

The idea was also partially a troll of a new member of the Mets, Brian Dozier. Dozier would hop on stout batting practice pitcher Ali Modami following a home run last season and ride through the dugout. Modami opted out of this season.

RELATED: TWITTER HAS FUN AT METS EXPENSE

The Nationals finally had something to dance about in the dugout after scoring 16 runs Monday night in Citi Field. They are 5-7 on the season.

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Nationals' rout of Mets spurs Twitter jokes of cardboard fans leaving early

Nationals' rout of Mets spurs Twitter jokes of cardboard fans leaving early

The 2020 MLB season has not been too kind to the New York Mets. Injuries and blown games have the team struggling out the gate, and though some could chalk that up to the "typical Mets," it doesn't make it any better.

Sitting at 7-9, the record could be worse, but high expectations have not been met early on in the shortened season. Things only got worse on Monday against the Nationals as New York found itself trailing 14-0 in the sixth inning. Remember, this is a baseball game, not football.

RELATED: MARCUS STROMAN OPTS OUT OF SEASON

The scene is something that isn't too unfamiliar for fans of the team, but one major difference is that there are no boos coming from the stands, or fans heading for the exits early. Instead, cardboard supporters stick it out no matter what the product on the field looks like.

Yet, that did not stop Twitter from getting in jokes about what was transpiring. To them, a realistic-feel to the contest would include the cardboard cutouts being carried away long before the last out is recorded and a different noise being piped in.

Even in a season where baseball doesn't feel normal, there are some things that remain the same. One of those is the Mets being the brunt of a joke. 

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