//Atlanta Braves release 60 game schedule, announce Nick Markakis opting out of season

Atlanta Braves release 60 game schedule, announce Nick Markakis opting out of season

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After dealing with the fallout of having four players test positive for Covid-19, including franchise face Freddie Freeman, the Atlanta Braves announced the loss of Nick Markakis for the shortened season, after he became the team’s second player to opt out this year. The team also released their schedule, set to start July 24th against the Mets in New York.

Due to travel considerations, the Braves will only face nine different teams this summer. From the National League East, the Nationals, Marlins, Phillies and Mets, and from the American League East, the Blue Jays, Orioles, Yankees, Red Sox and Rays.

The schedule is intense; the Braves play 20 consecutive games before having a day off. They will also be tested the first two-thirds of the season, as they only play six games of 40 against teams with a losing record. If they do well in those first 40 games, though, they set themselves up nicely, as ten of the last 20 contests are against what should be easier teams.

What the line-up will look like remains to be seen, as Covid-19 will likely continue to make an impact. It remains to be seen if Freeman will be back to start the season, as well as Touki Toussain, Will Smith and Pete Kozma, who also tested positive for the virus. It is known that the Braves will be without pitcher Felix Hernandez and Nick Markakis, after they decided to opt out of the 2020 season.

Hernandez announced his decision a day after he arrived for camp on a one-year deal with the Braves, in which he was vying for a spot in the starting rotation. Markakis made his decision after what he termed “an eye-opening talk” with Freddie Freeman. First base coach Eric Young, Jr will also be sitting out this season.

The Braves first game will be televised on ESPN, starting at 4 pm on July 24th.

2020 BRAVES SCHEDULE
July 24, at Mets, 4:10 p.m.
July 25, at Mets, 4:10 p.m.
July 26, at Mets, 7:08 p.m.
July 27, at Rays, 6:40 p.m.
July 28, at Rays, 6:40 p.m.
July 29, vs. Rays, 7:10 p.m.
July 30, vs. Rays, 7:10 p.m.
July 31, vs. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Aug. 1, vs. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Aug. 2, vs. Mets, 1:10 p.m.
Aug. 3, vs. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Aug. 4, vs. Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m.
Aug. 5, vs. Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m.
Aug. 6, vs. Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m.
Aug. 7, at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
Aug. 8, at Phillies, 6:05 p.m.
Aug. 9, at Phillies, 1:05 p.m.
Aug. 10, at Phillies, 6:05 p.m.
Aug. 11, at Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Aug. 12, at Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Aug. 14, at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
Aug. 15, at Marlins, 6:10 p.m.
Aug. 16, at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
Aug. 17, vs. Nationals, 7:10 p.m.
Aug. 18, vs. Nationals, 7:10 p.m.
Aug. 19, vs. Nationals, 7:10 p.m.
Aug. 21, vs. Phillies, 7:10 p.m.
Aug. 22, vs. Phillies, 7:10 p.m.
Aug. 23, vs. Phillies, 7:08 p.m.
Aug. 25, vs. Yankees, 7:10 p.m.
Aug. 26, vs. Yankees, 7:10 p.m.
Aug. 28, at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
Aug. 29, at Phillies, 1:15 p.m.
Aug. 30, at Phillies, 7:08 p.m.
Aug. 31, at Red Sox, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 1, at Red Sox, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 2, at Red Sox, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 4, vs. Nationals, 7:10 p.m.
Sept. 5, vs. Nationals, 7:10 p.m.
Sept. 6, vs. Nationals, 1:10 p.m.
Sept. 7, vs. Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
Sept. 8, vs. Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
Sept. 9, vs. Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
Sept. 10, at Nationals, 6:05 p.m.
Sept. 11, at Nationals, 6:05 p.m.
Sept. 12, at Nationals, 6:05 p.m.
Sept. 13, at Nationals, 12:35 p.m.
Sept. 14, at Orioles, 7:05 p.m.
Sept. 15, at Orioles, 7:05 p.m.
Sept. 16, at Orioles, 7:05 p.m.
Sept. 18, at Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Sept. 19, at Mets, 7:15 p.m.
Sept. 20, at Mets, 1:10 p.m.
Sept. 21, vs. Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
Sept. 22, vs. Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
Sept. 23, vs. Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
Sept. 24, vs. Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
Sept. 25, vs. Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.
Sept. 26, vs. Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.
Sept. 27, vs. Red Sox, 3:10 p.m.