WASHINGTON -- On the day they faced their No. 1 rival, the Braves, the Nationals released their 2015 schedule Monday, with the home opener on April 6 against the Mets, while the season concludes at Citi Field against New York.
A lineup that should feature Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper will play a schedule highlighted by 13 weekend series against, among others, the Phillies, Braves, Cubs, Pirates, Giants, Dodgers and Brewers.
Washington will get its NL East rivals from the start. In fact, the Nationals play 26 of their initial 32 contests against East foes before capping the season with 26 of their final 29 games against division rivals from Sept. 3 to Oct. 4.
The annual Battle of the Beltways Series between the Nationals and Orioles continues with both clubs hosting a three-game set. The Orioles come to D.C. for three games, Sept. 21-23. In 2014, the Orioles won three out of four games.
The Nationals will square off with the American League East for 20 Interleague contests in 2015. Washington's home interleague slate includes visits from the Yankees (May 19-20), the Blue Jays (June 1-3), the Rays (June 17-18) and the aforementioned visit from the Orioles. Washington will also make Interleague road stops in Boston, New York, Tampa Bay and Baltimore.
The 2015 home schedule features the following holiday home games: Mother's Day (Sunday, May 10 vs. Braves), Father's Day (Sunday, June 21 vs. Pirates), Independence Day (Saturday, July 4 vs. Giants) and Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7 vs. Mets).
Of the Nationals' 12 homestands, only one lasts more than nine games. Nationals Park will host 10 contests in 11 days to close out the home slate from Sept. 17-27 (Marlins, Orioles, Phillies).
For a limited time, fans that purchase a 2015 NATS PLUS Membership receive priority access for the Postseason. For more information or to purchase 2015 Memberships, visit nationals.com/2015, call 202.675.NATS (6287) or email at email@example.com.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.