Louis Cardinals release 2018 schedule; open the season on the road

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For the Mets, it's time to look forward to next year-literally.

The Phillies are finishing up a disappointing season. After celebrating Opening Day in Cincinnati on March 29 and kicking off the 2018 season with a six-game road trip to the Queen City and Atlanta, the Nationals will mark the 85th home opener in D.C. since 1901 with a tilt against their divisional foe, the New York Mets.

Excluding games played internationally, the March 29 start will be the earliest a season has started.

Major League Baseball announced the official dates for the 2018 regular season schedule, including Opening Day, dates, the All-Star Game in Washington and opponents for the entire season.

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Although the Diamondbacks come to town to kick-off a six-game homestand, the Chicago Cubs and Cardinals will play seven times over 11 days during 2018, with their first series beginning May 4 at Busch Stadium. Duda as you all know, was shipped to Tampa Bay in the midst of a contract year. The Chicago Cubs will be in from May 31-June 3, Yankees from June 8-10 and Los Angeles Dodgers from June 22-24. The New York Yankees will visit Citizens Bank Park on June 25-27.

The 2018 season will close with a three-game series September 28-30 at Chicago against the Cubs, marking the first time the teams have closed out the regular season at Wrigley Field since 1991.

Nationals Park will open its gates for 11 homestands next year, five of which will span eight games or more, including three separate 10-game stays, and feature 14 weekend series.

-End at home: The Mets will finish the 2018 season where they start: At Citi Field. The home opener is April 5 against the Miami Marlins.