White Sox’s 2023 schedule includes entire National League

Normally when next year’s schedule comes out, the reaction can usually be framed either as a pleasant diversion from the season at hand, or a distraction from more pressing matters.

If you’ve been following the 2022 White Sox, it’s probably both. There’s still too much uncertainty about this season to have an idea of what kind of team they’ll be carrying into 2023, and they haven’t made great use of The Easiest Remaining Schedule in Baseball™, so I don’t have the usual appetite for sizing up rough patches or potential hay-making opportunities.

But no matter which stance you take, the 2023 schedule actually requires extra time to digest because it looks like no other schedule that came before. Instead of a division-heavy schedule with interleague play limited to a specific division, every MLB team will play every other MLB team this year.

In order to make that possible, six games have been cut from each season series against AL Central opponents. The White Sox’s 13 games against the four divisional rivals breaks down as such:

  • Cleveland: Seven games home, six games away; last game Aug. 6.
  • Minnesota: Seven games home, six games away; last game Sept. 17.
  • Kansas City: Six games home, seven games away; last game Sept. 13.
  • Detroit: Six games home, seven games away; last game Sept. 10.

The White Sox and Guardians have a particularly concentrated schedule, with series in consecutive weeks in May, followed by consectutive weekend series to end July and open August. The other series are more or less evenly distributed over the six-month season.

Those extra 24 games are being allocated throughout the National League, starting with the home opener against the San Francisco Giants on April 3. (Actual Opening Day is March 30 in Houston, so at least the White Sox will get their four at Minute Maid Park out of the way immediately. Let’s just hope they’re not 0-4 to start the year.)

Other NL opponents the White Sox will host at Guaranteed Rate Field:

  • Phillies: April 17-19
  • Marlins: June 9-11
  • Cardinals: July 7-9
  • Cubs: July 25-26
  • Brewers: Aug. 11-13
  • Diamondbacks: Sept. 25-27
  • Padres: Sept. 29-Oct. 1

And if you’re figuring out potential road trips, the Sox will be visiting eight National League parks:

  • Pirates: April 7-9
  • Reds: May 5-7
  • Dodgers: June 13-15
  • Braves: July 14-16
  • Mets: July 18-19
  • Cubs: Aug. 15-16
  • Rockies: Aug. 18-20
  • Nationals: Sept. 18-20

Besides the full slate of NL opponents, the one thing that immediately jumps out to me is July, which resembles the minor-league calendar with no games on Mondays. After that, the Reds and Braves are four-hour drives from me, so I’ll probably get a chance to cross both off my list of ballparks I’ve never been to in 2023. I have suspicions about which stretches might be easier than others, but I’d like the White Sox to provide some evidence that it matters.

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dwjm3

Hahn and Co can’t hide out in the AL Central anymore

Nellie Fox

what is the betting line on Judge having more home runs this year than Robert>Abreau>Vaughn combined?

dwjm3

One minor edit; Looks like they head to Wrigley August 15th and 16th..

NDSox12

Interesting that there are no divisional games in the final two weeks and 3 of the last 4 series are against NL teams.

itaita

This was what i noticed as well. I dont like that, the final week or so should be division heavy.

roke1960

The Sox play only 10 divisional games between June 5-September 1. That’s almost half the season with no games in that stretch against KC or Detroit. Too bad they won’t be able to fatten up on the easy part of the schedule like they did this year!!

Foulkelore

I wish the 2022 White Sox were fattening up on KC. They are 7-9 this year vs. the Royals.

HallofFrank

I’m in KY so I’m excited for the Cincinnati trip. In two games last year, I watched Dylan Cease get 3 hits and Liam Hendriks run the bases for no good reason. So that was fun.

a-t

Gotta imagine that divisions will be made mostly irrelevant soonish, like the NBA does. I wish they’d been slightly less aggressive here— I do get a little sick of the AL Central teams from a watchability standpoint, since they are rarely *interesting* to play, but I still think they should play division rivals more than the rest of the AL.

NDSox12

They will still be playing division opponents basically twice as much as the rest of the AL (13 vs. 6 or 7).

a-t

Oh i read too quickly. Disregard!

fustercluck

playing for second place should prove a bit tougher for the Renisdorf

soxygen

Might as well open the season with Houston and see how we stack up following another exciting offseason of moves

Foulkelore

I agree. It will be a good test for all of the new relievers they acquire.

asinwreck

If I’m in town in late July, I will return to CitiField to see if anything can top the single funniest thing I’ve witnessed at a game in New York City.

a-t

I’m delighted that I knew what this was before clicking the link. One of the few games that I remember distinctly… next to such things as watching Sale nearly throw a perfecto in person, or the horrible fever dream of that last 2020 playoff game

asinwreck

I was sitting in RF with a work colleague (and Mets fan) watching hours of this incredibly tedious, dispiriting game, and then just the most wonderful thing happened. Maybe a 2022 World Champion White Sox run would be the equivalent, and woe be anyone within earshot if my obnoxious laughter is anything like what a quiet CitiField crowd experienced six years ago.

Foulkelore

Me too. I remember three things vividly from 2016:
1.) The Albers double
2.) After the Sox put up 10 runs against Texas for a big lead, verbally voicing to my wife that the Sox were about to be 24-10, and that probably means they’re actually good this year (they lost that game 13-11, and it really was the start of their slide to reality).
3.) The James Shields trade and how odd I thought it was that the Sox had to give up more than just Erik Johnson for a struggling pitcher that San Diego wanted to get rid of, but whatever, Fernando’s son can’t be anything if he’s being included.

Last edited 1 month ago by Foulkelore
roke1960

You’re absolutely right. The Sox were 23-10, about to go 24-10, then in their next 33 they were 10-23 to make a nice tidy 33-33 after 66 games. Robin’s managing during that stretch was a precursor to what we’re seeing now on a daily basis.

Holland23

Matt Albers was *expletive* like a cat

joewho112

I wonder if decrease in intra-division games means we’ll start getting sub-.500 division winners

roke1960

Maybe in the AL Central. Come see your division-winning 78-84 White Sox with home playoff games against the 95 win wild-card Blue Jays in the playoffs.

Last edited 1 month ago by roke1960
calcetinesblancos

MLB will see a spike in total attendance from this move.

ParisSox

I don’t think you’ve been to any ballparks in 2023 yet.

670WMAQtheElder

I like we will see fewer games against the AL Central, just for the variety. And this should have a big impact on roster decisions because you just can’t match up against division opponents now. (Irony). So the Sox will have to retool the roster for a new baseball world, the first in 20 years since the unbalanced schedule. And that means the last year and a half under TLR was/is a total waste. If you want to get “reminded” how Jerry is such a _____, watch The Last Dance again.

RWShow

This is better. If you’re going to have a 162 game season and 12 playoff teams (I’d rather not, but my vote doesn’t count), everybody should play everybody – it flattens the strength-of-schedule disparity among wild card competitors, and 13 against division rivals is plenty.

GrinnellSteve

I don’t like this new format. Now you have 14 series where it’s the only time you’ll face that team. It will put extreme pressure on to get the games in regardless of conditions. We’ll see more 2-hour rain delays and injury-waiting-to-happen field conditions. And we’ll see more of these 1-game series (like Monday) to make up games.

a-t

That’s true, but it’s also true that there’s probably no division in baseball that has more total rainouts/snowouts at home than the AL Central. All five teams are subject to Midwestern frosts and deluges, but none are equipped with roofs on the stadium. Competing divisions (NLC, NLE) have one roofed stadium. The Sox are unlikely to have many makeup one-gamers that aren’t a) at home or b) in the Midwest anyways, minimizing travel time.

It could even turn out to be a small advantage— if the poor Giants coming to town in early April have games 2 or 3 cancelled, making those up will put them in a much worse spot than the Sox stopping by for an extra game at a division rival like KC.

metasox

Not that it changes your point but it may be the East divisions that are likely to experience the most postponements in any given season. Boston, NY historically have had a lot of rainouts, even accounting for domes, AL East can be high

Last edited 1 month ago by metasox