NEW YORK -- The Mets will play a predominantly National League schedule in Spring Training. The schedule they released Monday included 35 games, beginning with their March 2 game, against the Braves, at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Only seven of the 35 tilts will be against American League opponents.
With the Orioles now based in Sarasota, Fla., on the West Coast of Florida, the Mets will not play in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. And with the Dodgers gone after the 2008 spring, the Mets now play more games against the other teams that have remained in Florida -- seven each against the Cardinals and Marlins, six against the Nationals, four against the Braves, three against the Astros, one against the University of Michigan, and the seven against American League teams.
The Mets play the Red Sox and Twins twice, the Orioles, Rays and Tigers once each, completing their spring schedule with a trip to the Tampa area. They will play the Rays in St. Petersburg on April 2 and the Orioles in Sarasota the following day. The Mets' regular season begins April 5 against the Marlins at Citi Field.