New York Mets: Breaking Down the 2018 Schedule 2
NEW YORK - APRIL 03: Mr Met gets the crowd going during an exhibition game between the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox on April 3, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The game marks the first time the Mets play in their new ballpark. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

While the 2017 season is all but over, the New York Mets will have a clean record heading into 2018. Now we know who they’ll play and when.

Tuesday, the New York Mets released their official schedule for the 2018 MLB regular season. They’ll open the season on Thursday, March 29 against the St. Louis Cardinals, the first game of a six-game homestand to start the year.

While a disappointing 2017 may find some fans proclaiming that the team is set to go 0-162 next year, we know that’s just not going to happen. Let’s take a quick look at what you need to know heading into next season.

Home Opener

Thurs., Mar. 29 vs. St. Louis

The Mets went 3-4 against the Cardinals this season, dropping two-of-three at Busch Stadium in early July before taking two-of-four at Citi Field just over a week later.

First Road Trip

Six games, from Thurs. April 5 to Wed., April 11

The good news is that the Mets don’t have to travel far, taking on division foes Washington and Miami. The bad news is that, should things go badly, the team will have already started digging a hole in the race for the NL East.

Longest Homestand

10 games, from Fri., July 6 to Sunday, July 15

Tampa Bay and Philadelphia both drop by for three-game sets, while a four-game series against Washington will cap off the team’s first-half.

Longest Road Trip

 10 games, from Thur., Apr. 19 to Sun., Apr. 29

After stopping in Atlanta for four games, the Mets start to head west, swinging by St. Louis for three before finishing up with three against San Diego at Petco Park. That still leaves the dreaded yearly West Coast trip, which arrives…

West Coast Trip(s)

Thurs., June. 14 to Thurs., June 21

Sat., Sept. 1 to Wed., Sept. 5

That’s right—the Mets have to trek cross-country twice (three times, actually, if we count the April trip out to San Diego.

After playing two games in Atlanta on June 12 and 13, the team heads to Chase Field in Arizona for four against the Diamondbacks. They follow that up with four against Colorado at Coors Field before coming home to play the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

By the time this stretch is over, the Mets will have played 16 consecutive games without a break.

Interleague Play

The Mets get to take on the American League East next year with one notable exception—the Boston Red Sox are not on the team’s schedule.

  • Baltimore Orioles: Tues., June 5 and Wed., June 6 at home
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Fri., July 6 to Sun., July 8 at home
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Tues., May 15 and Wed., May 16 at home
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 15: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the second inning against the New York Yankees during interleague play on August 15, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Subway Series

Six games against the New York Yankees await the Amazin’s in 2018—and both series will take place on the weekend.

Things kick off at Citi Field on Friday, June 8, while the teams will meet for three at Yankee Stadium beginning Fri., July 20. The Mets lost all four games of the home-and-home series this year, getting outscored 21-14.

I've been dunked on by Shaq and yelled at by Mickey Mantle. ESNY Editor In Chief. UMass alum. Former National Columnist w/Bleacher Report & former member of NY Knicks Basketball Ops department. Nephew of Rock & Roll Royalty.