Cardinals announce revised schedule of 2021 spring training games

Outfielder Dylan Carlson and the Cardinals will open Grapefruit League play Feb. 28 in Jupiter, Florida.
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A revised St. Louis Cardinals spring training schedule will include fewer games, fewer opponents and no split-squad games.

The Cardinals will play 24 games, down from the originally scheduled 30, and will face only four teams — the Marlins, Nationals, New York Mets and Houston Astros, facing each team six times (three home, three away).

The short list of opponents reflects Major League Baseball’s recently announced health and safety protocols. All five teams are on Florida’s East Coast, thereby requiring less travel.

Major League Baseball revamped its spring training exhibition schedule because of the pandemic, cutting travel for Florida-based teams in an effort to minimize coronavirus risks.

College baseball teams, which often play big league clubs but are not subject to major league testing protocols, were dropped from the revised schedules announced Friday.

Split-squad games, traditionally used in the first half of the exhibition season to allow evaluation of more players, also were eliminated.

Florida-based teams such as the Cardinals may decide to dress at their own ballparks and travel in uniform for road exhibitions to increase distancing while putting on uniforms. Arizona-based teams traditionally dress at home and take batting practice at home, then travel for road exhibitions.

The Cardinals’ Grapefruit League schedule opens Feb. 28 and closes March 29. They will play 15 games at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, including three as the away team against the Marlins, with whom they share the stadium.

Click HERE to view the Cardinals’ complete 2021 spring training schedule.