The 2006 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals announced their 2007 regular season schedule Monday. The schedule features the team beginning its title defense on Sunday, April 1 as the Redbirds host the N.L. East Division Champion New York Mets. It will be Major League Baseball’s season opening game, televised nationally by ESPN2 at 7:05 p.m. CDT.
The moving of the opening game and entire Mets series up one day is one of the two changes from the preliminary schedule previously made available. Look for the rest of the Cardinals’ 2007 television schedule to come to light in the first few months of the New Year.
The three-game rematch of the 2006 N.L. Championship series between St. Louis and New York opens up the season for the Cardinals and will be spread across four days from April 1-4 before the team leaves town for a six-game road trip to Houston and Pittsburgh, April 6-11.
The home portion of the Cardinals schedule includes three, three-game series vs. the rival Chicago Cubs: April 27-29, July 24-26 and September 14-16.
The Cardinals will play 14 home games in April, 12 in May and June, 13 in July, 14 in August and 16 in the final month of the season in September. The team’s longest homestand of the season is also in the final month, a 10-game stretch that features three against the Chicago Cubs (Sept. 14-16), three vs. the Philadelphia Phillies (Sept. 17-19) and four vs. the Central Division rival Houston Astros (Sept. 20-23).
The Redbirds’ schedule not only opens with a rematch of the National League Championship Series, but also features a World Series rematch, as the Cardinals will travel to Detroit’s Comerica Park for the second-straight season to face the Tigers, May 18-20.
In other interleague action, St. Louis hosts the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over the weekend of June 8-10 and cross-state rival Kansas City June 18-20. The Cardinals have road series with two of the American League West opponents, traveling to Oakland to face the American League West Champion A’s, June 15-17, after playing the Royals for three games at Kauffman Stadium June 12-14. It will be the first-ever regular season meeting between the Cardinals and A’s there.
The 2007 schedule again features an unbalanced Central Division portion. The Cards will play the Chicago Cubs 16 times (9 home/7 away), Cincinnati Reds 15 (9 home/6 away), Milwaukee Brewers 15 (6 home/9 away), Pittsburgh Pirates 18 (9 home/9 away) and Houston Astros 16 (7 home/9 away).
The other minor schedule change from the earlier preliminary version was the moving of the road series in Pittsburgh from July 30, 31 and August 1 forward one day to July 31 through August 2.
In terms of days off, the Cardinals will have four in April and May, three in June, six in July (including four straight days off around the All-Star Game), but only two each in August and September, times when make-up games are traditionally shoe-horned in.
That long All-Star break should be welcome, as just prior to that, the Cards play 17 days straight, including trips to both the East (Philadelphia) and West (Arizona and San Francisco).
The Cardinals will close out the season on the road for the first time since 2003 with three games at Milwaukee and three at Pittsburgh over seven days from September 24-30. Twenty-six of the team’s final 32 games will be against their Central Division opponents.
The team will make a future announcement regarding the sale of 2007 group and individual game tickets. Contact 314-345-9500 for season ticket information or visit the team’s website at stlcardinals.com.
The complete 2007 schedule can be viewed here.