September 14, 2010

Pirates 2011 Schedule Highlights

The schedule has been released for the 2011 Pirates World Championship regular season. The full schedule is available at the Pirates site.
Keep in mind that many of the Saturday and Sunday game times will no doubt be moved to be national TV games, assuming we face Stephen Strasburg every Saturday and Sunday. Check out this bitchin' clip art! Here are the highlights:

First Half
The Pirates open on the road at Wrigley Field starting April 1. That's the first Friday Opening Day in decades, and the Chicago weather no doubt will be beautiful.

The home opener is at 1:35 p.m. Thursday, April 7, against the Colorado Rockies. For many readers, that's significant as the last chance for the J.D. Class of 2011 to skip class for an Opening Day.

The first interleague series is against the Tigers the weekend of May 20-22. We get the Orioles at home June 20-22 in a rematch of the great #1 Draft Pick Battle of 2010, and rounding out interleague play are the Red Sox, June 24-26. The Tribe series is on the road this year, June 17-19, and Jacobs Field is a great park for those of you who've never been.

The Phillies come to town the weekend of June 3-5. Its good to have the cross-state rivals on a weekend as these games will all be near sellouts.

Second Half
With the championship push on, really all these games will be big. The Reds and Cardinals both make their first trips of the year to PNC Park during the July 18-24 homestand. From July 22-August 10 the Pirates have 20 consecutive games including a trip from Pittsburgh to San Francisco without a travel day. St. Louis and Cincinnati both return in August and again in September.

The season wraps up with the Reds at home the weekend of September 23-25, then the Brewers away September 26-28 with the final game at 8:10 p.m. The traditional Sunday final game is now a Wednesday meaning the Division Series will start that Friday, with the Pirates certainly contesting games in that round.

As we well know here at the WFC Blog, the really important schedule is the yet-to-be-released 2011 Promotional Schedule. We'll be all over that when it comes out, of course.

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