With just 46 regular season games remaining for the Cardinals this year, you may now begin your preliminary planning for next summer. On Monday, Major League Baseball announced the 2020 schedule, and all 30 teams will play on a singular Opening Day, Thursday, March 26th.
The Cardinals will play 52 series in the 2020 season - 26 on the road and 26 at Busch Stadium, including 13 weekend series. The Cardinals are scheduled to have 20 interleague matchups, two 10-game roadtrips, and 79 total games at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals will open up the season on the road, starting with three games against the Reds in Cincinnati. After a series in Milwaukee, St. Louis will open up the home portion of their schedule with three games against the Orioles, with the opener set for Thursday, April 2nd. This will be St. Louis’s first ever home opener against an American League opponent. The Dodgers will then come in for four, and the Cardinals will head to Wrigley Field for their first series against the Cubs, on April 10-12. A six-game trip will follow out West, against the Dodgers and Rockies, before the Cardinals return home to host the Reds and Marlins. April will close with a four-game series in San Diego.
The month of May will start in Milwaukee before the Cardinals come back to St. Louis to host the Padres and Mets. The next week will be spent in Pennsylvania, with six games between the Pirates and Phillies. The Cardinals will return back to Busch Stadium to host the Braves for four and the Diamondbacks for three on Memorial Day weekend before heading to Atlanta to meet the National League East-powerhouse once again. St. Louis will host three with the Pirates to wrap up the month before the Blue Jays fly in for a pair of games to start June.
The Cardinals will then venture out of the Midwest, starting with four games in Pittsburgh and three in New York against the Mets. One of the highlights of the Major League Baseball schedule will come the weekend of June 13-14, as the Cardinals and Cubs will play in London, England. The Cardinals will be the home team for the London Series, making it the first time the club has ever hosted a regular season game outside of St. Louis.
After the Cardinals return from London, they will begin a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, starting with the Rockies and Reds in St. Louis. The Cardinals will visit Miami and then historic Fenway Park to meet the Red Sox for three games starting on June 26th. The Cardinals will back home to start the month of July with the Nationals, followed by the Brewers over Fourth of July weekend before a day off on Monday, July 6th. The Cardinals will enter the All-Star break after six games through Washington and Tampa Bay. This year’s All-Star Game is set for Tuesday, July 14th, at Dodger Stadium.
St. Louis will come out of the break with a 10-game homestand with three against the Yankees, three against the Giants, and four against the Cubs. The Cardinals will close out July with four in Milwaukee and flip to August with a series in Pittsburgh and two games in Kansas City. The Cardinals will come back home for a Central-division homestand, featuring three apiece with the Reds, Pirates, and Brewers, August 7-16.
The Cardinals will head north of the border to Toronto for two games, followed by three games in Chicago with the Cubs and three more in Cincinnati. Monday, August 31 through Thursday, September 3rd will be a four-game series at Busch with the Phillies and the start of the final month of the regular season.
A swing out west September 4-9 will feature stops in Arizona and San Francisco (the series opener will be on Labor Day) before the Cardinals return home for their final series against the Cubs in St. Louis. The Royals will visit Busch Stadium on September 15-16 to conclude the home-and-home I-70 series, and the Cardinals will then head east to play four games with the Reds. You might want to mark the three-game series with the Brewers set for September 21-23. Not only might it prove to be important in the divisional standings, but, if Yadier Molina does indeed retire at the end of the 2020 season, it will be his final series of the regular season at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals will end the season in Chicago against the Cubs, with the finale set for Sunday, September 27th. The Cardinals will announce their 2020 Grapefruit League Spring Training schedule and also have additional information on game times, tickets, and promotions down the road.