The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2014 schedule was announced about a week ago and I started breaking down the schedule to find the highlights and lowlights. After tearing apart the league’s choice of sending the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks to Australia for the MLB Opening Day game, I realized that the Dodgers’ interleague play is going to be quite the snooze fest this year. After the Dodgers played host to both the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in 2013, it is not that surprising to be a bit disappointed by next years’ incoming teams.
Naturally, the Dodgers will play the Los Angeles Angels to continue the freeway series tradition. This is always a highlight for Dodgers and Angels fans alike. Alas, other than this series which will not take place until late August, the Dodgers will play only AL Central teams in interleague play.
The best and most interesting team in that division is clearly the Detroit Tigers. Unfortunately for Dodgers fans, the Dodgers only get to play host to the Tigers for two out of the four games. Even worse, the Tigers will visit LA in only the fourth series of the season from April 8-9 so the excitement of that series will be long gone by the time October rolls around.
Interleague play is a nice way to break up the monotony of the long schedule and endless NL West series. With the Tigers coming to Chavez Ravine near the start of the 2014 season and only the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox coming to LA, Dodgers fans will not be blessed with much of an interleague show.
The Dodgers will go visit two more AL Central teams during the season, the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins. While the Royals are not a terrible team this year and will provide at least a decent matchup for the Dodgers, the Twins are currently twenty games under .500. The MLB schedulers definitely did not assign the Dodgers an exciting interleague schedule this season, but I will be breaking down the rest of the schedule later this week. Be on the look out for that article highlighting a few of the best series and the most important stretches. Thanks for reading!