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1Mets release final schedule Empty Mets release final schedule on Wed 28 Nov 2007, 1:13 pm


NEW YORK -- A postseason appearance, the objective of every big league team, will have the Mets playing at Shea Stadium in October next season. Otherwise, their final game at the soon-to-turn 44-year-old ballpark will happen on Sept. 28. With Citi Field nearing completion, the Mets will play the Marlins at Shea at 1:10 p.m. ET that day, ending their regular season and perhaps the tenure of the first symmetrical, or so-called cookie-cutter, ballpark.
That information came to light on Tuesday when the club released its 2008 schedule.
Before the Mets engage the Marlins in their final regular-season series, they will play 25 other series at Shea, including a three-game series against the Yankees June 27-29, a three-game series against the Rangers two weeks earlier -- it will be the Rangers' first and last visit to Shea -- and four games against Joe Torre's Dodgers from May 29-June 1. The Mariners and Angels are the Mets' other Interleague opponents, playing respective three-game series at Shea and in Anaheim in June prior to the Yankees' visit.
The Mets play at Yankee Stadium from May 16-18 before leaving for Atlanta and the first of two visits to Denver.
They open their season against the team they seek to displace in 2008, the defending National League East champion Philadelphia Phillies on April 8, after they have played series in Florida and Atlanta. The Phillies play at Shea in July and September as well. The Braves' visits to Shea are in April, August and September.
After playing each postseason team from 2006 as part of a most demanding schedule last season, the Mets will play six teams from the '07 postseason next year, missing the Red Sox and Indians. But, as was the case last season, their June will be particularly challenging. Not only will they play the Yankees and Angels, they will play the Diamondbacks and Rockies and make two West Coast trips -- to San Francisco and San Diego from June 2-8 and to Anaheim and Denver June 16-22.
The Mets play in Phoenix and Los Angeles in the first week of May, leaving their Aug. 1-3 visit to Houston as their last trip west of the Mississippi River. Twenty-nine of their final 44 games will be against NL East teams.

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