Since the lockout was initiated in December, fans knew there was a possibility that regular season games could be missed. On March 1st 2022, that became a reality as the first two series were cancelled. On March 9th, it was announced that more games were cancelled. Now the earliest opening day could be is April 14, 2022.
MLB just announced cancellation of games until at least April 14.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 9, 2022
There are still several topics that the MLBPA and MLB are discussing, which is why a new collective bargaining agreement has not been reached yet. At this time it is unknown if teams will attempt to make up these cancelled games and play a full 162 game schedule.
Previously when it was just six games that were cancelled, the expectation was that teams would make these games up during the season. Now that approximately two weeks minimum will be missed, this seems less likely. Odds are that a new schedule will not be made and the season will pick up whenever the new opening day is. This means that the Brewers may miss out on the “easy” part of their schedule.
Should opening day be set for April 14, 2022, the Brewers would miss series against the Diamondbacks, Giants, Cubs, and Orioles.
While there is no such thing as an “easy win or easy series” in baseball, of these four teams only the Giants were above .500 last season. In theory, this would be a great 13 game opportunity for the Crew to get off to a hot start. Of these games, six were going to be home games and seven on the road.
Missing out on these games could have an impact later in the year as the schedule gets tougher. We also have to hope that these are the only games cancelled. It was previously reported that the entire month of April could get cancelled. Let’s hope it does not get to that point.
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