The Atlanta Braves released a tentative schedule for 2015 on Monday — a slate that includes Interleague encounters against the American League East and six home outings to close out the season in early October.
Here are the highlights of a schedule that has yet to be deemed official by Major League Baseball:
1. Atlanta is slated to open the year at home on Monday, April 6 against the Miami Marlins (three-game series).
2. The Braves follow up the Marlins series with their first road trip of the young season — a three-game set against the New York Mets (April 10-12).
3. The Braves are slated for 20 Interleague games in 2015 — all against the AL East. The home tilts include the Rays (May 19-20), Red Sox (June 17-18), Yankees (Aug. 28-30) and Blue Jays (Sept. 15-17).
4. With Interleague play, Atlanta will subsequently travel to Toronto (April 17-19), Boston (June 15-16), Baltimore (July 27-29) and Tampa Bay/St. Pete (Aug. 11-12).
5. The Fourth Of July holiday week will include six games at Turner Field — against the Nationals (June 30-July 2) and Phillies (July 3-5).
6. Citing the All-Star break as the unofficial midpoint of a season, the Braves Braves will have 40 home games before the All-Star Game and 41 at Turner Field after that.
Here’s where things get interesting, though: For road games, Atlanta is slated for 49 road outings before the Midsummer Classic … but only 32 road games for the season’s final 11 weeks.
7. The Braves will end the 2015 campaign with potentially crucial series against the Nationals (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) and Cardinals (Oct. 2-4).