Nobody would blame you if you're already looking ahead to next year for the Pirates.
Monday, the team released its 2020 schedule, featuring an opening-day matchup on Thursday, March 26, in St. Petersburg, Fla., against the Rays, a trip to Yankee Stadium for a two-game series May 5 and 6, and much more. Interestingly, the Pirates will stick close to their Spring Training home of Bradenton, Fla., for that opening series, as the Rays' Tropicana Field is just a 30-minute drive from LECOM Park.
This marks the fourth straight season the Pirates will open on the road and the third time in four years they have opened against an American League opponent. In 2017, the Pirates lost their opener, 5-3, to the Red Sox in Boston, while in 2018 their opener against the Tigers in Detroit was postponed. When they did take the field at Comerica Park on March 30, the Pirates won, 13-10.
This past season, the Pirates lost their opener on the road against the Reds, 5-3.
In addition to the opening series against the Rays and that two-game trip to Yankee Stadium, the Pirates' interleague schedule features the Yankees coming to PNC Park June 16 –17, the Blue Jays from June 19-21, the Red Sox from July 3 – 5 and the Tigers from August 18 – 19.
From July 31 to Aug. 9, the Pirates will stay rooted to PNC Park for the longest homestand of their season. This stretch consists of three games against the Cardinals, followed by three more against the Brewers before concluding with a four-game series against the Diamondbacks.
You can view the Pirates schedule in full right here.