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Season Schedule

Summary: How the regular season schedule is created and what you need to know about it.

About the Regular Season

Each regular season has a 160 game schedule spread out from April 2nd to September 28th. In a new league, the seasons usually start at the year 1981 and go on from there.

Structure of a Season

A team plays 50 three or four game series against the 23 other teams during the course of a season. The games are grouped together by division and conference such that the schedule is structured in the following chronological order:

Estimated Dates# of Series# of gamesOpponent
Apr 2- Apr 20517 or 18Your division
Apr 21- May 10618Other division in your conference
May 10- May 30517 or 18Your division
June 1-June 20618Other division in your conference
June 21-July 311236Interleague play
Aug 1-Aug 20517 or 18Your division
Aug 21-Sept 10618Other division in your conference
Sept 11-Sept 28517 or 18Your division
    
Apr 2 - Sept 2850160Full Season
The breakdown of how a series and schedule is constructed is below:

  • In-Division Matchups:
  • The team your facing is one of 5 other teams in your division.
  • You open the season and close the season playing teams in your division.
  • Each series against a team in your division is either 3 or 4 games long.
  • A 3 game series against a team in your division happens twice a season (6 total games)
  • A 4 game series against a team in your division happens twice a season (8 total games)
  • You face each team in your division a total of 14 times (6 + 8) apiece per season.
  • You play a total of 70 in-division games per season.

  • Conference Matchups:
  • A conference opponent is one of 6 teams from the other division that makes up your conference.
  • Each series against a team is always 3 games.
  • You face a team from your conference a total of 3 times per season.
  • You play a total of 9 games per season against each conference team.
  • You play a total of 54 conference games per season.

  • Interleague Matchups:
  • An interleague opponent is a team who is in the other conference that makes up your league.
  • For roughly 1 1/2 months during the end of June and all of July teams will participate in interleague play against the other conference.
  • Each team will play a total of 3 games per interleague matchup, for 1 series per season.
  • Each team faces all 12 teams in the other conference.
  • There is a total of 36 interleague games.

Grand Total: 160 games