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The Phillies schedule on the road is rough
Nothing is ideal in this season and the road game schedule is a big black eye for the Phillies. MLB Network noted that the NL and AL East might be the top two divisions in the game, so the Phillies don’t get a lot of breaks during the season.
Philadelphia has 20 road games against teams that had winning records last year. They also have an unflattering road trip in the middle of their season that will pinball them up and down the east coast.
Coming off a 10 game homestand, the Phillies go on the road for eight games against three teams. They will go from Philadelphia to Boston for just two games. After that, they head down south for three games against Atlanta. Then they get to bounce back up north for a three game series against Washington.
What’s even more fun is that after that 8 game road trip with likely no break they get the Braves and Nationals at home.
That Nationals/Braves stretch in the middle might be a season breaker with 13 games against the two best teams in the division over 14 days.
Thankfully, the Phillies schedule doesn’t have long trips down the stretch.
The schedule is set up so that the Phillies play an equal number of games (15) in the first 10 series and the last 10 series.
After that three series road trip the Phillies will have only one back-to-back road series, which is their final six games of the year. They get five home series within a seven series stretch in the second half of the season.
The travel is much easier after the homestand with Washington and Atlanta. They’ll make a trip to New York then return for two games against Boston. They’ll have to fly to Miami for four games but then return for six home games after that.