Washington Nationals: 5 takeaways from the 2018 schedule
By Ricky Keeler
All-Star Game surrounded by July road trips
Every Washington Nationals fan is excited to have the All-Star game at Nats Park for the first time in July. The festivities should be great, but it does provide some challenges for the team that is hosting the event.
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That challenge is that the Nats will be packing their bags a lot in the month of July. Out of the 26 games scheduled for July, 15 of them will take place away from the home ballpark. This includes a trip to Pittsburgh before the break (July 9-11) and a trip to Milwaukee (July 23-25).
As mentioned before, July does feature a home series with the Red Sox, but most of the matchups in that month are going to be divisional games. 17 of the 26 games in July will be against NL East opponents, including a pair of four game sets against the Miami Marlins. Who knows if Giancarlo Stanton will be in Miami by then?
Regardless of all the travel, nobody is going to complain since Washington D.C. will be the center of attention during the Midsummer Classic. Could Bryce Harper win the Home Run Derby? How many All-Stars will the Nats have in their home ballpark?
Of course, the focus now is the postseason in 2017. Nevertheless, it isn’t a bad thing to look ahead to some of the intriguing matchups around the 2018 schedule.