The 2006 schedules are out, and a quick perusal suggests that the Yanks better have their house in reasonable order come April. The boys open with a 6 game-road trip to Oakland and Anaheim before their first home series, against KC. Then it’s back on the road, to Minnesota and Toronto. May brings 8 games with the Sox. June and July are tough. Interleague this year is against the NL East, a solid division, top to bottom. The good news: if the Yanks can take a lead into the last week of August (or at least stay within reasonable distance), they will be very well positioned to close things out. Here’s who they’ll face coming down the stretch: Det (home), Min (home), KC (away), Balt (away), Tampa (home), Boston (home), Tor (away), Tampa (away), Balt (home), Tor (home). Boston and Minnesota are the only +.500 teams in there from 2005. Even if Tampa and Toronto improve (even if everyone improves), it should be manageable, at least in theory. The trick will be getting there.
How many days until opening day?