On paper, at least, the schedule grows a bit friendlier until a 19-game stretch against the Phillies, Cardinals, Nationals, Yankees, Rays and Reds, beginning May 28. That first installment of the two-part Subway Series runs June 8-10 at Yankee Stadium, with the Mets hosting the Bombers from June 22-24. The Orioles, who also played the Mets in 2009 and '10, will precede the latter Subway Series with three games from June 18-20 at Citi Field.
Other highlights of the midsummer schedule include a six-game road trip to two of the league's oldest parks, Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium, from June 25 through July 1. The Mets will also make an 11-day, 11-game West Coast trip to Phoenix, San Francisco and San Diego beginning July 26, and will bookend the All-Star Game in Kansas City with a home series against the Cubs (July 6-8) and a road trip to Atlanta (July 13-15).
September marks a return to divisional play for the Mets, with 18 of their final 25 games coming against the Braves, Nationals, Marlins and Phillies. In sum, the Mets will play host three times apiece to the Phillies (May 28-30, July 3-5, Sept. 17-19), Braves (April 5-8, Aug. 10-12, Sept. 7-9), Nationals (April 9-11, July 23-25, Sept. 10-12) and Marlins (April 24-26, Aug. 7-9, Sept. 21-23).
As usual, the Mets will also take three trips each to Philadelphia (April 13-15, May 7-9, Aug. 28-30), Atlanta (April 16-18, July 13-15, Sept. 28-30), Washington (June 5-7, July 17-19, Aug. 17-19) and Miami (May 5-13, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Oct. 1-3). The Marlins are set to open their new retractable-roof stadium in downtown Miami next April, after 19 seasons at Sun Life Stadium.