Juan Soto, the young Nationals phenom, is likely to help lead the team into the 2020 season. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals will open the 2020 season March 26 at the New York Mets and, if you like that, you’ll love the Mets rerun for the Nationals’ home opener April 2. Major League Baseball announced its schedule for next season Monday afternoon.

The Nationals will play the American League West in interleague play. They will visit the Seattle Mariners in mid-April, the Los Angeles Angels in mid-May and the Texas Rangers in late May. They will host the Mariners in late May, the Houston Astros in early July and the Oakland Athletics in mid-August.

The Nationals also will have their yearly home-and-home with the Baltimore Orioles, with games at Camden Yards on Aug. 8 and 9 and at Nationals Park on Sept. 15 and 16.

One of the most significant changes comes in September. This year, the Nationals have their fair share of National League East foes (19 games) but also visit the Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals, out-of-division opponents, in the middle of the month. Then they finish the season by returning to Washington for three games at home against the Cleveland Indians.

But next year, September is a gantlet: All but two of the 24 games are against NL East opponents. The season’s last three series are three games at home against the Miami Marlins, four on the road against the Atlanta Braves and three at home against the Philadelphia Phillies. If the division stays as competitive as it has been this season, those games could be especially meaningful.

The Nationals’ 10-game road trip that starts May 8 might be their toughest. It’s a three-city, three-time zone, 10-day trip that begins with three games at the Chicago Cubs before three at the Angels and four at the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Nationals have three homestands of at least nine games: one in late June, another in early July and the last in late August into early September. Those games will be good chances to catch the Nationals but arguably not the season’s most important stretches. Everything, it seems, will build toward those division games in late September.

Full schedule:

MARCH

26, 28, 29: at Mets

30, 31: at Marlins

APRIL

1: at Marlins

2, 4, 5: Mets

6, 7, 8: Marlins

10, 11, 12: at Los Angeles Dodgers

13, 14: at Mariners

16, 17, 18, 19: Cubs

21, 22, 23: Dodgers

24, 25, 26: at San Francisco Giants

28, 29, 30: at Milwaukee Brewers

MAY

1, 2, 3: Cincinnati Reds

5, 6, 7: Arizona Diamondbacks

8, 9, 10: at Cubs

11, 12, 13: at Angels

14, 15, 16, 17: at Diamondbacks

19, 20: Mariners

22, 23, 24, 25: Marlins

26, 27, 28: at Rangers

29, 30, 31: at Phillies

JUNE

1, 2, 3: Brewers

4, 5, 6, 7: Mets

9, 10, 11: at Braves

12, 13, 14: at Mets

16, 17, 18: Giants

19, 20, 21: Braves

22, 23, 24, 25: Pittsburgh Pirates

26, 27, 28: at Reds

29, 30: at St. Louis Cardinals

JULY

1, 2: at Cardinals

3, 4, 5: Astros

7, 8, 9: Cardinals

10, 11, 12: Phillies

13, 14, 15, 16: All-star break

17, 18, 19: at Pirates

20, 21, 22, 23: at Phillies

24, 25, 26: Braves

27, 28, 29: Colorado Rockies

31: at Braves

AUGUST

1, 2: at Braves

4, 5, 6: at Marlins

8, 9: at Orioles

10, 11, 12: Athletics

13, 14, 15, 16: San Diego Padres

17, 18, 19, 20: at Rockies

21, 22, 23: at Padres

25, 26, 27: Mets

28, 29, 30: Phillies

1, 2, 3: Braves

4, 5, 6: at Mets

8, 9, 10: at Phillies

11, 12, 13: at Marlins

15, 16: Orioles

18, 19, 20: Marlins

21, 22, 23, 24: at Braves

25, 26, 27: Phillies


Nationals 2020 schedule

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