Looks like the schedule will be 10 games against each divisional opponent, and 20 Inter-league games. You would think that means 4 games against each of the 5 AL East teams but no, they have said they are going with 6 games against inter-league rivals so that leaves 14 games against the remaining 4 teams. Who knows how they will spread those out.
I have a real issue with imbalanced schedules, but I also realise that over 162 games its probably not a huge deal. In a 60 game season its a much bigger factor and it seems like a completely unnecessary thing to do that makes things far more complicated.
The Yankees will play 6 games against the Mets and the Rays will play 6 against the Marlins. Thats 10% of the season, equivalent to 16 games in a normal season.
The Yankees won the AL East by 5 games last year, in a 60 game season that is a margin of 2 games. Even if the Yankees play 4 games against the Marlins and Rays 4 against the Mets that could be difference.
I'm not sure who our "rival" is. I thought it was the Red Sox but google tells me its alternates between Blue Jays and Red Sox with it being against Blue Jays in even years. That might work out in our favour with the Braves playing the Red Sox but it just seems like its being forced and its so unnecessary this year.
Of course whats even more ridiculous is that some of our rivals for the Wild Card get to play the AL Central while we have to play the AL East, though I realise what that is the case and I have no complaints about limiting travel in these circumstances.