Yesterday Fox announced their schedule for Fox Saturday Baseball and while the usual players get the most appearances (Red Sox 9, Yankees 8, Dodgers 8) the Giants and the A’s are both scheduled for six appearances apiece. It is nice to see the Giants and the A’s get some love on the national stage.
Giants Fox Saturday Games:
April 6: St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants
April 13: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs
June 1: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals
July 6: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
August 10: Baltimore Orioles at San Francisco Giants
August 17: San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins
Just one Giants vs Dodgers matchup out of the three that fall on a Saturday is a bit of a surprise, but I am not complaining because it will be nice to have the Giants announcers for those other games. Fox will broadcast one game each from the two series between the Giants and Cardinals — I guess Fox can’t get enough after the seven-game NLCS.
There will be a black and orange matchup in August against the Orioles, it will be interesting to see if the surprising Orioles are able to repeat their season. Otherwise, this might not be all that interesting of a matchup.
The Giants vs. Cubs in Wrigley is always fun, but in April it could be a bit cold. Oh, and there is the trip to Miami; it will be interesting to see how many people will showing up at the ballpark.
Athletics Fox Saturday Games:
May 25: Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros
June 15: Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics
July 27: Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics
August 3: Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics
August 24: Oakland Athletics at Baltimore Orioles
September 14: Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers
Five of the six matchups on Fox will be division clashes, with the A’s getting a chance to go against each team at least once on national TV. The other interesting thing is that their Fox appearances are weighted toward the middle and the end of the season. I wonder if that’s because the Athletics don’t have many big names and Fox is hoping that they can build up a good record before some of these games to make them more interesting. There was some interesting matchups in the early part of Oakland’s schedule, but I guess Fox decided to pass.
The one non-division game is against the Orioles — a matchup of the two most surprising teams from last season.