MLB Opening Day

MLB Opening Day 2019: The MLB 2019 season schedule actually started March 20, when the Mariners and Athletics played a two-game set in Japan. All 30 teams are in action on Thursday in a jam-packed opening day throughout Major League Baseball. Though it is opening day, there have already been two regular season games played, after the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics in two games at Tokyo Dome in Japan on March 20-21.
Get ready, baseball fans. MLB’s 2019 Opening Day has finally arrived with a jam-packed schedule to begin the new season.

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It’s exactly five months since the Boston Red Sox won Game 5 of the World Series to claim their ninth title. After a slow start to baseball’s offseason, the drama ramped up in recent weeks with several of the biggest deals in MLB history taking place with some of the game’s most recognizable names.

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Bryce Harper and Manny Machado held the sport hostage for months, negotiating record-breaking contracts with each landing in a new city. Harper will make his Philadelphia debut following when the Phillies take on the Braves, while Machado debuts for an up-and-coming Padres team against the Giants.

The biggest winner of the offseason, though, was Angels superstar Mike Trout, who inked a record, 12-year $430 million extension to remain in Los Angeles. Trout and the Angels open their season against the most talented team in the AL West, the Houston Astros.

Here’s a guide to watching MLB’s 2019 Opening Day action, including a full TV schedule and how to stream games live online.

MLB Opening Day TV schedule 2019

ESPN will broadcast three games to a national audience on Opening Day, but other games outside of a viewer’s market are otherwise difficult to watch. Here’s the entire TV schedule for every game played Thursday, subject to MLB’s blackout restrictions.

Padres vs Giants

Padres vs Giants : MLB 2019 Game On Tv. Padres vs Giants On Saturday, Suárez’s San Francisco Giants hosted Machado’s San Diego Padres at Scottsdale Stadium. It’s been more than a decade since Giants, Jeff Hoffman cruised through three scoreless innings before a derailing Tubsujoh qjudifst:

The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres meet Thursday in MLB action at Petco Park.

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The San Francisco Giants are coming off another frustrating losing season and will enter the last year under legendary manager Bruce Bochy. The Giants lack youth and depth to be taken seriously as a contender this season, but health could certainly go a long way to improving those odds. The Giants have battled injuries left and right these past two years, and simply getting a full season out of Bumgarner, Evan Longoria and Jeff Samardzija could at the very least improve last years win total. I’m not ready to give up on the Giants just yet, but the margin for error is very slim with this club. The San Francisco Giants have won four of their last five opening days. Madison Bumgarner gets the ball, and he was 6-7 with a 3.26 ERA and 109 strikeouts last season. Bumgarner is 12-9 with a 3.19 ERA and 212 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The San Diego Padres have had a losing season in each of the last eight years and haven’t made the postseason since 2006. That’s why the Padres open up the wallet to land a star like Manny Machado in hopes of changing the culture and eventually turning this franchise into a winner. The Padres also have a loaded farm system that will slowly but surely produce reliable everyday players. The Padres probably aren’t contenders in the competitive NL West just yet, but this is a team that’s clearly improved and on the rise for long term success. The Padres can no longer be automatic fade material like they’ve been in the past. The San Diego Padres have lost each of their last four opening days. Eric Lauer gets the ball, and he was 6-7 with a 4.34 ERA and 100 strikeouts last season. Lauer is 0-0 with a 3.94 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.

The Giants are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. National League West, 1-4 in Bumgarners last 5 road starts and 1-4 in Bumgarners last 5 starts. The Padres are 11-24 in their last 35 vs. National League West, 13-29 in their last 42 home games and 4-1 in Lauers last 5 starts. The Giants are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in San Diego and 2-5 in Bumgarners last 7 starts vs. Padres. The under is 3-1-2 in Lauers last 6 starts overall. The under is 20-8-3 in Bumgarners last 31 starts overall.

Bumgarner hasn’t exactly been Bumgarner the last couple of years and you have to question if he’ll ever return to the pitcher he once was. Now that he’s healthy and had a spring where he said he felt good, we’ll find out soon if the Giants get their ace back in ace form. And even with the Padres improved and the unknowns of which Bumgarner we’re going to get, getting him and the Giants at plus money is something I can’t turn down. I’m just not used to getting Bumgarner as an underdog, and while he hasn’t been himself lately, there’s still value knowing that the top tier pitcher is in there somewhere.

Angels vs Athletics

Angels vs Athletics : MLB 2019 Game The Angels defeated the Oakland Athletics 17-5 at Hohokam Park on“What you’re seeing vs what you’re feeling, what hitters are doing, The Dodgers and Angels have spent a month playing baseball games that don’t at home and the Angels in Oakland to play the Athletics

The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics meet Thursday in MLB action at the Oakland Coliseum.

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The Los Angeles Angels have made the playoffs just once since 2010 and hope things start to change now that they locked up Mike Trout, the best player in baseball, for the next 12 years. The Angels added four new starters to their lineup in Justin Bour, Tommy La Stella, Jonathan Lucroy and Peter Bourjos, and maybe that’s good enough to add some protection around the star outfielder. There’s also two new starting pitchers in Trevor Cahill and Matt Harvey, guys who have turned their careers around and could be ready to lead a staff. There’s obvious question marks with these Angels, but they should be pushing for their first winning season since 2015. The Los Angeles Angels have lost each of their last five opening days. Trevor Cahill gets the ball, and he was 7-4 with a 3.76 ERA and 100 strikeouts last season. This will be Cahill’s second career game against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics enter the true opening day with two losses thanks to two games in Japan against the Seattle Mariners. The A’s did well enough offensively to win both games but the pitching staff let them down. The lack of consistent pitching was an issue all last year for Oakland, and it will remain that way even more with Jharel Cotton, Daniel Gossett and Sean Manaea injured. The offense and defense is there, but the A’s need improved arms if they’re going to build on last years success. Offensively, Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with four hits and two RBI while Chad Pinder and Matt Chapman have combined for five hits and three RBI. The Oakland Athletics haven’t started a season 0-3 in over a decade. Mike Fiers gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 15.00 ERA and three strikeouts this season. Fiers is 3-5 with a 5.98 ERA and 51 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Angels are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. American League West, 7-3 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series and 0-5 in their last 5 road games. The Athletics are 32-13 in their last 45 home games, 6-1 in Fiers’ last 7 home starts and 8-2 in Fiers’ last 10 starts. The Angels are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Oakland and the over is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Fiers’ last 5 home starts. The under is 3-1-1 in Angels last 5 overall.

The Los Angeles Angels have the potential to be a wild card team in the AL, but they have to show me consistency before I make a habit of consistency backing them. The Oakland Athletics are much better than what they showed in Japan, and while the pitching staff crapped the bed, the offense showed up, which is key to their overall success. Returning to their massive home park will make a big difference in their staff giving up less runs. Also, Cahill pitched for the A’s last season, so this lineup and coaching staff should know what to expect. I’ll take the Oakland Athletics and the cheap price.

Cubs vs Rangers

Cubs vs Rangers : The Chicago Cubs vs Texas Rangers fell short of expectations in different ways last season. They’ll try to open 2019 on a positive note when they meet on The makeup of the Cubs bullpen could be the final portion of the roster to the morning of their season opener against the Rangers in Texas

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After market tickets for the Opening Day game between the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs at Globe Life Park in Arlington are the most expensive in the league.

What’s up with that?

There are some good reasons why the cheapest seats in the house are going for $69.66 on Stubhub and the average priced ticket for Thursday’s 3 p.m. opener is going for $165.44, according to no-fee, secondary market reseller Tickpick.com. That’s the most expensive average ticket for Opening Day, on par with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium.

The cheapest tickets at Globe Life Park at standing room only for $45.

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So why are tickets going for so much? Here are three reasons:

IT’S THE BALLPARK’S FINAL OPENING DAY
As you probably know, this is the Rangers’ final season at Globe Life Park. They’ll move into Globe Life Field in 2020. Plus, Opening Day always draws a good crowd, even when the Rangers haven’t been good. It’s not surprising fans want to be part of history and start to help say goodbye to the Rangers’ home since 1994.

DUH, IT’S OPENING DAY
Even if this wasn’t the final Opening Day for Globe Life Park, it’s still Opening Day. The ballpark is always packed for the opener, no matter how bad the team has been or is expected to be. We still love going to the ballpark, especially the opener, no matter the score.

THE CUBS ARE IN TOWN
The Cubs are always a big draw, especially since winning the World Series in 2016. There are most likely a ton of Cubs fans coming in from Chicago for the season-opening series. Plus, the Cubs have a lot of those flaky, “illegitimate” fans all over the country with their history on cable television via WGN. I’m sure we’ll see a bunch of them in Arlington this weekend.

Astros vs Rays

Astros vs Rays : MLB 2019 The Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays meet Thursday in MLB action at Tropicana Field. The Astros vs Rays are a lot healthier than they However, in the past two years with the Houston Astros, Morton reemerged as a dominant force Charlie Morton assumes his contract with the Rays will be his last as a player

The Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays meet Thursday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.

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The Houston Astros are a lot healthier than they finished last season, as it was painful to see Jose Altuve hobbling around and Carlos Correa struggling with a back injury. When healthy, the Astros are probably the best lineup in baseball, capable of putting up crooked numbers any given inning and the lineup got even better with the underrated addition of Michael Brantley. It’s getting harder and harder to find an easy out in this Astros batting order, which is why they’re either first or second when it comes to odds to win the World Series. The Houston Astros have won each of their last six opening days. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he was 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA and 290 strikeouts last season. Verlander is 8-5 with a 3.53 ERA and 133 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays quietly won 90 games last season and enter this year as a dark horse contender not only in the AL East but also for the AL pennant. The Rays may not have the star power as the other top teams in baseball, but they were third last year in team batting average (.258) and sixth in team ERA (3.74), making them one of the more balanced teams you will find. The Rays also beefed up the lineup a little with the addition of Avisail Garcia and the starting rotation got better with the signing of Charlie Morton. The Rays are going to be one of those good teams that you will find at favorable prices all year long, so make sure to keep an eye on this club. The Tampa Bay Rays have split their last six opening days. Blake Snell gets the ball, and he was 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and 221 strikeouts last season. Snell is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 44 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 40-14 in their last 54 road games, 18-3 in Verlanders last 21 road starts and 7-1 in Verlanders last 8 starts. The Rays are 39-14 in their last 53 home games, 16-5 in Snells last 21 home starts and 22-7 in Snells last 29 starts. The Astros are 5-14 in the last 19 meetings in Tampa Bay and 3-7 in the last 10 meetings. The under is 12-3-2 in Snells last 17 starts overall. The under is 7-3 in Astros last 10 road games.

As I mentioned previously, the Tampa Bay Rays are going to be one of those good teams that you’ll be able to get at favorable prices all year long simply due to the lines not being drowned in public money. The Rays just aren’t a public, sexy team. However, getting the Houston Astros and Verlander at this cheap of a price is always a steal and I don’t care who is on the other side. Any time I can get the Astros and one of the top pitchers in the sport under -150, I’m all over it. For obvious reasons, of course.

Nationals vs Mets

Nationals vs Mets : The Washington Nationals open the 2019 regular season at home against the New York Mets from March 28-31. Mets Takeaways from Monday’s 6-5 loss to Nationals, including another Michael Conforto HR. Get a summary of the New York Mets vs Washington Nationals baseball game.

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The Washington Nationals are about to play a meaningful baseball game!

Sure, spring training games are fun and all, but those get boring too quickly. Now, the games begin for real.

The Nationals start at home this year as they host the New York Mets.

Opening Day is tomorrow, March 28, and first pitch is scheduled at1:05 p.m. ET. Both teams get an off-day on the 29th, and then the series continues on the 30th and concludes on the 31st.

Last season, the Mets won the season series 11-8. The Mets scored 5.63 runs per game while the Nationals only scored 4.31 runs per game.

In the division last season, the Nats went 41-35 (.539).

The Nationals have won their previous three Opening Day games and are six for their last seven in game number one.

Talking to 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies last September, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo explained that they were going to handle 25-year-old right-hander Joe Ross like they have the other starters in the organization who’ve undergone Tommy John surgery.

Ross underwent the procedure in mid-July of 2017, and returned to the mound last summer, making six starts across four levels of the minor league system and three in the majors, with a 5.06 ERA, 5.85 FIP, four walks (2.25 BB/9), and seven strikeouts (3.94 K/9) in 16 innings on the mound for the Nationals.

“We’re going to have to control his innings,” Rizzo explained when asked about the plan for Ross in 2019.

“He’ll be in Year 1 post-Tommy John protocol as we have here with the Nationals, but we’re looking for big things from Joe and hopefully we can manage those innings correctly and he can really be a factor for us.”

Ross made six appearances, one as a starter, giving up 12 hits, three walks, and four runs, three earned, in 10 2⁄3 IP, over which he struck out 10 before he was optioned to Triple-A Fresno yesterday.

Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters recently, as quoted by Washington Post writer Jess Dougherty, that they were at least considering using Ross out of the bullpen, though he said he still thought of the pitcher as a starter.

Orioles vs Yankees

Yankees vs Orioles : Fans will get an early look at this creativity when the Orioles travel to New York to take on the Yankees in this weekend’s opening series. Thanks to the peculiar magic of spring training, one half of the Orioles has already played a game today. The Yankees played their first night game of the spring on Friday, but the exhibition against the Orioles wasn’t televised.

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After having Alex Cobb, the original Opening Day starter for the Baltimore Orioles, go down with a groin injury, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he was going to have to get creative when it comes to his starting rotation.

Fans will get an early look at this creativity when the Orioles travel to New York to take on the Yankees in this weekend’s opening series. Both teams have released their starting rotations, so let’s compare the two and see if their’s any hope we witness a series win out of the gate for Baltimore.

Here’s how the rotations will match up in New York (2018 stats shown):

Thursday: Andrew Cashner (4-15, 5.29 ERA) vs Masahiro Tanaka (12-6, 3.75 ERA)
Saturday: Nate Karns (DNP) vs James Paxton (11-6, 3.76 ERA w/Seattle)
Sunday: Dylan Bundy (8-16, 5.45 ERA) vs J.A. Happ (17-6, 3.65 ERA)
Baltimore Orioles set to rely on the bullpen in Saturday’s contest.
The rotation may not be impressive, but it’s safe to say that it won’t be boring. Talk of using the “opener” strategy has been prevalent around camp, with candidates such as Jimmy Yacabonis and Miguel Castro serving as initial guesses as to who could fulfill this role. We now know that it will be recently signed Nate Karns who will serve as the first “opener” for the Baltimore Orioles and we get to see this experiment very early on in the second game of the season.

Karns was tabbed as a starting rotation candidate, but an early setback prevented the veteran from getting in a starter’s workload in spring training, leaving many to ask if he would begin the year on the injured list. That won’t be the case.

Instead, Karns will build up his workload as an “opener” and will see his first major league action since 2017 against the New York Yankees, on the road. Welcome to the American League East, Nate Karns.

This will be Andrew Cashner‘s second Opening Day start, coming against a team he has a lot of experience against. He is 2-3 all-time against the Yankees in his seven career starts, going at least six innings in every start. Cashner’s only start at Yankee Stadium came last April. He gave up just one earned run on two hits across six innings, picking up the win in the process.

Cashner has had success against New York hitters, holding the duo of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge to a .133 batting average in 40 at-bats and surrendering only one home run. Keeping the ball in the yard is a must if the Orioles want a chance at winning any games this series.

Dylan Bundy hasn’t been as successful against the Yankees, losing his last four decisions against the Bronx Bombers. In two starts last season, Bundy allowed nine runs on 11 hits while striking out 10 and allowing six walks. Current hitters on the Yankees roster have posted a .352 career- OBP and .820 OPS against Bundy.

On the flip side, the Orioles will avoid Luis Severino, who is shut down with inflammation in his rotator cuff, but that doesn’t mean the trip will be made any easier. Even without Severino and CC Sabathia, the Yankees’ rotation is strong, experienced, and has been effective against the Orioles throughout their careers. Masahiro Tanaka will take the ball on Thursday for the Yankees, a very common opponent for the Baltimore Orioles In four starts against the Orioles last year, Tanaka struck out 27 hitters in 22 innings.

MLB 2019

MLB 2019 : A new MLB season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with the other hardware at the end of the 2019 season, The 2019 MLB season is here, so let’s make some money on over/under bets. With a new baseball season about to begin, it’s time to pin down our expectations for what we expect to happen.

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With a new baseball season about to begin, it’s time to pin down our expectations for what we expect to happen.

Will the Boston Red Sox repeat as champions? Or are the Houston Astros or New York Yankees poised to take over the American League? Is a third straight trip to the World Series in the future for the Los Angeles Dodgers?

From among our columnists, writers, researchers, and editors, we polled 31 of ESPN’s leading baseball experts to see what they expect, asking them about who’s going to win their respective divisions as well as who’s going to wind up winning their leagues and ultimately the World Series.

You might see things differently or agree with our prognostications. But either way, add your own predictions below.

To see who our experts think will walk away with the MVP and other hardware at the end of the 2019 season, check out our awards predictions.

Even after a 108-win season, the Red Sox still have untapped upside, starting with Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi. And how do they look with 30-plus starts from Chris Sale or full seasons from Nathan Eovaldi and Eduardo Rodriguez rounding out the rotation? And while it might seem like a stretch to say they’ll get repeat MVP-worthy seasons from both Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez, I wouldn’t bet against them. — Christina Kahrl

Braves vs Phillies

Braves vs Phillies : The Atlanta Braves will face the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, March 28, at 3:05 p.m. ET at Citizens Bank Park. The Nats let Bryce Harper go to the rival Phillies without much of a far more like his prime self for the Braves to repeat as division champs.

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MLB Opening Day is almost here in the U.S., and fans are already making plans on how to watch the most anticipated games of the year. You can see Thursday’s biggest matchup by streaming Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies using a free trial of ESPN+.

The Atlanta Braves will face the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, March 28, at 3:05 p.m. ET at Citizens Bank Park. Julio Teheran will get the start at pitcher for the Braves, and he will be opposed by Aaron Nola, who will be the starting pitcher for the Phillies.

Bryce Harper was the biggest off-season acquisition in Major League Baseball. He signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with Philadelphia, leaving behind his former teammates on the Washington Nationals. Harper told Ken Rosenthal in The Athletic that he took this long deal, with no options to leave, over shorter deals or no trade clauses because he wanted to fully commit to a city and a team in order to have the best chance at success. Harper was a Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player winner in Washington, and he joins a Phillies team that was 80-82 last year. The team was 22nd in Runs Batted In last year, which is an area where Harper excels. He had a career high 100 RBIs in 2018, so if that travels north up I-95, the Phillies should be much improved.

The Atlanta Braves won the NL East division last year, besting both the Nationals and Phillies with a 90-72 record. In the playoffs, they lost a Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who went on to represent the NL in the World Series. The Braves may not have spent the kind of money that went to names like Harper and Machado, but they did make moves that they expect will make them better than last year. The biggest move was bringing in third baseman Josh Donaldson . Donaldson is an MVP and three time All Star who split time last year between Toronto and Cleveland. He will replace Johan Camarago, who now moves to the bench as a super-substitute, with experience in the outfield, second base, third base, and shortstop.

If you missed it when it went down, watch Harper discuss signing with the Phillies at his Introductory Press Conference.

ESPN+ is one of the best places you can watch a ton of MLB, including big games like this one. ESPN+ includes an MLB game almost every day of the season, which means you can see over 160 games in 2019. You also have the option to upgrade your ESPN+ with the MLB.tv add-on, which will give you every out-of-market MLB game in the same app as all of your other sports. Speaking of other sports, ESPN+ has those locked up too. ESPN+ blends together special event sports, like UFC and Top Rank boxing, with pro team leagues, like MLB, NHL and FC Cup, and major college sports, including basketball, baseball, football and more.

Seeing MLB on ESPN+ is so easy once you download the ESPN app. It is available for the most popular devices, including major streaming platforms and game consoles such as Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Apple TV. You can also watch ESPN+ on your TVs by using either Chromecast or AirPlay.

ESPN+ costs $5 a month, which might not even get you one bleacher seat at a ballgame. Instead, you’ll get about 30 MLB games, and so much more. When you sign up for ESPN+, you’ll get a 7 day free trial that will include Braves at Phillies on March 28 for free.

White Sox vs Royals

White Sox vs Royals: The MLB Baseball 2019 Game Start time, TV Channel, After a war of attrition seemingly eliminated several options, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts officially named Hyun-Jin Ryu the club’s Opening Day starter. Clayton Kershaw was initially scheduled to start a ninth consecutive season opener before shoulder inflammation set in.

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Like Kershaw, Walker Buehler fell behind other starting pitchers in camp. The Dodgers maintained Buehler was healthy and simply being slow-played, but it was later revealed the right-hander was dealing with a bit of a hangover effect from the 2018 season.

Once Kershaw and Buehler were eventually ruled out as options for Opening Day, it left Rich Hill and Ryu as the likely candidates. Hill may have been the favorite, but he’s due to begin the season on the 10-day injured list because of a sprained left knee. With Kershaw and Hill unavailable, the Dodgers are filling the vacancies in their starting rotation with Ross Stripling and Julio Urias, respectively.

Stripling, Kenta Maeda and Buehler will follow Ryu in the Dodgers’ rotation for their Opening Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Urias is then scheduled to start the series opener against the San Francisco Giants.

Stripling went 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in seven games (two starts) against the Diamondbacks last season. He allowed 18 hits (three home runs) but also had 10 strikeouts over 12 innings pitched in those games.

Maeda was 1-2 with a 6.43 ERA in his four games (one start) against Arizona in 2018. Buehler didn’t earn a decision in his two starts, pitching to a 2.19 ERA and collecting 14 strikeouts across 12.1 innings.

The Diamondbacks named Zack Greinke their starter for Opening Day but have yet to announce probables for the rest of the four-game series at Dodger Stadium that begins Thursday, March 28.