The 2011 season will mark the 50th season in Mets history, as well as the 25th anniversary of the 1986 World Championship team. The Mets will surely try to capitalize on both anniversaries next season with events and giveaways meant to draw fans back to Citi Field after two disappointing campaigns.
Although it is still too early to determine the promotional dates, the Mets have released their preliminary schedule for their golden anniversary season.
The 2011 season will no longer begin on a Monday/Tuesday and end on a Sunday, as has been the custom for decades. The season will begin on Friday, April 1 with a series in Miami against the Florida Marlins. The regular season finale will be on Wednesday, September 28 against the Cincinnati Reds.
The interleague schedule features the usual home-and-home series against the Yankees (May 20-22 at the House That Juice Built and July 1-3 at Citi Field), as well as home series against the Oakland Athletics and the multi-named Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim near Orange County sponsored by In-N-Out Burger. The Mets will take their DH with them when they travel to Texas and Detroit in late June.
The 2010 Mets struggled when they went out west for an 11-game road trip following the All-Star Break. In 2011, their West Coast trip will be split into two separate trips. They will visit the Dodgers for four games and the Giants for three games in the week leading up to the All-Star Break. They will then play back-to-back three game series against Arizona and San Diego in mid-August.
As always, the unbalanced schedule means more games against division rivals. The first month of the season offers plenty of divisional matchups, as 18 of the Mets' first 24 games are against their NL East rivals. The Mets also close out the season with a plethora of intra-division games, with 26 of their final 35 games against their division mates.
For the complete 2011 season schedule, please click HERE.