NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees are hoping their third season in the Atlantic League finally yields that elusive playoff spot as the team announced its schedule for the 2018 season Monday afternoon.
Last season, the Bees went a league worst 58-81 overall after going 26-44 in the first half of the season and 32-37 in the second half, missing the postseason.
“We’re very excited about this year’s schedule and celebrating the 2018 season at New Britain Stadium,” new Bees general manager Brad Smith said in a statement. “The organization is looking forward to putting together a competitive team.”
There have been some changes to the Atlantic League since the end of last season. The schedule has shrunk from the 140 games in previous years down to 126. New Britain will play 72 of those games at home.
Also gone are the Bridgeport Bluefish, with the newly reformed Road Warriors taking their place. The Road Warriors will be a traveling team instead of based in one city.
The Bees open their season April 27 at the Sugar Land Skeeters for a six-game series before returning to New Britain to host the Road Warriors in a three-game set, including the home opener May 4. The Bees only series away in the month of May will be the 11-13 against the defending championship York Revolution and the 21-24 to face the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
Throughout the season, New Britain will play the Skeeters, Revolution, Blue Crabs, Long Island Ducks and Lancaster Barnstormers 18 times. The Bees will see the Somerset Patriots just 17 times - 10 of which will be before the All-Star break on July 11 - and the Road Warriors 19 times with 10 being played after the break.
New Britain does have two scheduled double-headers, both of which will be at home. The Bees will play a twin bill against Southern Maryland on June 20 and against Lancaster on Sept. 11.
The Bees’ last home stand of 2018 will take place Sept. 7-12 against the Skeeters and the aforementioned Barnstormers before closing out the season with a four-game series against the Blue Crabs.
New Britain does however play 12 of its final 19 games at home at the end of August and beginning of September.
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