As the 2023 Boston Red Sox get ready for a crucial stretch coming out of the All-Star break, fans can already start looking ahead to 2024. On Thursday, the team released its schedule for the 2024 season.
The 2024 season will be the second year of the new MLB scheduling format. For the second time, the Red Sox will have at least one series with all 29 other teams over the course of the season.
In the past, teams played a division-heavy schedule, while interleague matchups happened on a rotating multi-year basis. Under the new format which debuted in 2023, teams play each division opponent 13 times, each inter-division opponent in the same league six or seven times, one chosen interleague ‘rival’ four times (for the Red Sox that is the Braves) and each other interleague opponent three times. Now, instead of teams alternating interleague opponents every year they just flip-flip which team hosts the series each year.
Keeping that in mind, here’s a look at the full schedule…
What are the make-or-break series or stretches to watch for next year? Let’s take a look month-by-month…
Not only do the Red Sox open the season on the road, but they’ll be all the way on the West Coast. It’ll be late-night baseball for the first week and a half of the season with three-game series against the Mariners, A’s, and Angels to start the year. They’ll finally return to Fenway Park on Tuesday April 9 for the home opener against the Baltimore Orioles.
Later in the month, the Cleveland Guardians come to town for the annual 11 a.m. Marathon Monday game. In a bit of a rarity, that game will be a series-opener, rather than being the finale of a wrap-around series. A few weeks later the the Chicago Cubs make a rare trip to Fenway.