Breaking Down the Phillies 2012 Schedule

On Wednesday afternoon, MLB released their schedules for the 2012 baseball season, giving fans an early look at what next season holds in store for their favorite teams. 

David Murphy from The Daily News talks about the Phillies schedule, which starts with a three game set in Pittsburgh on Thursday, April 5th, and will see them open the season, at home, on Monday, April 9th against the Miami (nee Florida) Marlins. 

They’ll get their long west coast road trip out of the way early, as they kick off a nine game swing that pits them against the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks. As someone who hates the late start times, I’m more than relieved to see them get that stretch out of the way early. 
The final home stand of the season will be against the Washington Nationals from September 25th through the 27th, and their last regular season series will come on the road, in Washington (which might as well be a home series, am I right?) from October 1st through the 3rd. 
As far as interleague play goes, they will be pitted against the Red Sox at home from May 18th through the 20th, and will play on the road against the Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, and Toronto Blue Jays, before wrapping it up against the Tampa Bay Rays in Philadelphia. 
For you road-trippers out there, it's not going to get much better than heading down to Baltimore from June 8th to the 10th to see the Phils take on the Orioles in Camden Yards, which, for my money, is one of the nicer ballparks out there. Besides, given that the Phillies are likely to sell out every home game next year, it might behoove some of you to see them on the road. 
All told, nothing really stands out in the schedule, aside from the fact that the season will be wrapping up in the first week of October, despite the fact that Major League Baseball seems to have made it a point to end the season earlier, lest they are stuck with playing the World Series in the dead of winter. 
And on a personal note, I think it’s weird to release the schedules before the season is over, because I always thought that MLB would somehow want to celebrate the World Series winner by allowing them to open the season on the big stage, similar to what the Phillies did to kick off the 2009 season. 
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