While the season technically kicked off with the Mariners and A’s in Japan, the true “Opening Day” is on Thursday, March 28, when all 30 teams will be playing games. (Here’s the full MLB schedule for Opening Day.)
First Games: The first game on Opening Day will start up at 1:05 p.m. ET with the New York Mets taking on the Washington Nationals, along with the Baltimore Orioles facing the New York Yankees.
Notable Matchups: In the Mets vs. National game, the top vote-getters for the NL Cy Young Award will face off with Jacob deGrom (the winner) taking on Max Scherzer (the runner-up). In the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros, the same thing will happen but with the AL Cy Young Award as Blake Snell (the winner) pitches against Justin Verlander (the runner-up).
National TV: ESPN will have three games on national TV on Opening Day, with the Yankees and Orioles playing at 1 p.m ET, the Arizona Diamondbacks facing the Los Angeles Dodgers at 4 p.m. ET, and the Boston Red Sox visiting the Seattle Mariners at 7 p.m. ET.
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