The Baltimore Orioles still have another month of exciting, wild card-chasing baseball to look forward to in 2022, but attention has temporarily been diverted to next year with the anticipated release of the 2023 Major League Baseball schedule.
2023 marks a shift in the manner in which schedules are formulated. Gone are the days of unbalanced, division-heavy dockets, replaced by a new edict that requires each of the 30 franchises play each other. This bit of news will assuredly be well-received by Orioles fans, as the team gets a slight reprieve from the perpetual gauntlet that is the American League East.
The Orioles do get a sizable helping of intradivisional games to start the season that begins with the very first series, a three game trip to Fenway Park to face the Red Sox. Their home schedule begins the following week with a three game set against the Yankees, and then the Red Sox make their way to Baltimore during the last full week of the month. Another April highlight is the O’s heading to Washington for a two game installment of the Beltway Series on the 18th and 19th.
Baltimore Orioles 2023 schedule breakdown
May begins with a road trip to stupid Kansas City to face the stupid Kansas City baseball team. I’m not over 2014 yet.
Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani (maybe?), and the Los Angeles Angels come to Camden Yards for a four game series from 5/15-5/18 that caps off a ten game homestand for the Orioles that also includes series against the Pirates and Rays.
June calls for a large dose of interleague play; 12 of the Orioles’ 24 games are against teams from the Senior Circuit. The O’s will return to Wrigley Field to face the Cubs for the second time in as many seasons and also head back to San Francisco, the place where Manny Machado hip-checked Jonathan Schoop into next century after Schoop hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning.
The Baltimore Orioles will spend Independence Day playing the Yankees in the Bronx next season and see them seven times total in July. The 7/17-7/19 series at Camden Yards versus the Los Angeles Dodgers could be an intriguing one to circle if the Orioles are as good as some expect them to be.
Buck Showalter will return to Camden Yards with the New York Mets for a series that begins August 4th, his first time back to Baltimore since relinquishing his position as Orioles manager in 2018. August has meat grinder potential with series against the Astros, Blue Jays, Mariners, Padres, and White Sox coming in quick succession in addition to the aforementioned Metropolitans. If the Orioles want to contend next season, this stretch will be of utmost importance.
September begins with a nine-game road trip to Arizona, Anaheim (of Los Angeles), and Boston. Their interleague schedule will wrap up with a three-game stint against the St. Louis Cardinals and two Camden Yards editions of the Beltway Series against the Nats on the 26th and 27th. Their final games come against the Red Sox at home, and weird stuff happens when Boston comes to town to close out the season.
The new schedule format creates fresh, intriguing matchups across the league and the Baltimore Orioles are no exception. With the club expected to take another step forward in on-field performance, there should be no shortage of exciting action for Orioles fans to follow throughout 2023. See you at the Yard!