Today, the Red Sox officially announced their schedule for the 2017 season. As everyone expected, the Red Sox will be opening their season at Fenway Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, April 3rd. The Red Sox will then go to Detroit for a four-game series, before starting American League East play at home against the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays.
Again, the Red Sox are victims of a terrible April schedule, as they will have to play in Boston and Detroit in the beginning of April, which means you better get your mittens scarfs out. I still don't understand why the Red Sox don't start their season out on the West Coast or in a dome in Minnesota or Tampa.
In May, the Red Sox will play 12 of their first 15 games on the road, similar to their August/September stretch in 2016.
For interleague play, the Red Sox will be taking on the National League Central Division, which is made up of the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds. Yes, you read that right; the Red Sox will be taking on the Chicago Cubs this season. In the last series of baseball in April, the Red Sox will welcome the Chicago Cubs to Fenway Park, which means we will get our first glimpse of old friend Jon Lester in person.
All in all, I do not think the Red Sox' schedule is all that difficult, aside from a tough schedule in May, as I mentioned before. To end the season, the Red Sox will be playing their last week of baseball at Fenway Park, which will be beneficial if they are in the playoff race. Sure, the Red Sox will have to take on the Cubs and Cardinals, but a terrible Brewers and Reds squad kind of evens everything out.