With the final version of the 2022 schedule for the Colorado Rockies finally unveiled after some tweaks caused by the length of the recent Major League Baseball lockout, we now know exactly where and when the Rockies will play this season. We also know some parts of the schedule that look tougher on paper than others.
Some thoughts on the newest version of the Colorado Rockies schedule that was changed because of the MLB lockout
As has been noted, the Colorado Rockies will now open the 2022 season on Friday, April 8, with their season’s Opening Day also being the Opening Day for the home portion of the schedule at Coors Field, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. That game is scheduled to begin at 2:10 p.m. (Denver time) and will be part of a three-game weekend series with Los Angeles to kick off the season.
While Colorado and Los Angeles will open the season in Denver, that wasn’t the plan when the schedule was unveiled during last season. In the original, pre-lockout schedule, the Rockies would have opened the season at Chavez Ravine against the Dodgers on March 31.
That alternate timeline Opening Day would have been the start of a four-game series with the Dodgers. Now, those four games will be shuffled to July 6 (making what was a two-game road trip to Los Angeles now a three-game set and erasing a scheduled off day) as well as with three extra games from October 3-5 that will now be the final games of the season.
Those last three games now turn what was a season-ending three-game road trip against the Dodgers into a six-game stretch at Chavez Ravine to close out the 2022 schedule. And those six games will follow three games in San Francisco against the Giants, meaning Colorado’s final home game of the season will come on Sunday, September 25, against the San Diego Padres, then will be followed by a nine-game California trip.
Speaking of the Padres, Colorado had a two-game set originally on the schedule in San Diego early in April that followed the four-game season-opening series in Los Angeles. Those two games have now been folded into double-headers on June 11 and August 2.
Outside of those six games against the Dodgers and Padres being shuffled to in later in the season, Colorado’s schedule (which you can see here) largely remained unchanged.