“It’s approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 28th and Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Andrew Cashner is stepping on the mound at Yankee Stadium as he prepares to take on one of the best lineups in baseball. I’m sitting at a bar as he fires a fastball past the leadoff hitter and once again BASEBALLL IS BACKKKKKKK.”
This is the scene I envision in my head when Opening Day kicks off on Thursday. 15 games will be played throughout the United States and I can’t wait to sit back and attempt to watch each and every one of them. Obviously, I’m going to stay up late and watch the DEFENDING 2018 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS open up their campaign on the west coast in Seattle.
But there are also great games going on like Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati, I don’t know if this is a certified GREAT game but I thought I’d include it for all our Pirates followers. There’s also Bryce Harper’s debut in Philadelphia, Robinson Cano’s debut in the Blue and Orange, and then you have Mike Trout and his $430 million dollars traveling to Oakland for their opener.
Look no matter how you choose to spend Opening Day, whether it’s on your couch in your boxers, at a bar with a nice cold Iron City (shout out Pittsburgh) in your hand, or in your cubicle at work, the most important thing is BASEBALL IS BACK.
It’s a beautiful sight to see and I’m sure all of us look forward to it each and every year.
So, for all of your Opening Day viewing needs, here is a breakdown of the schedule and projected opening day starters!!
1:00 p.m. Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees, Andrew Cashner vs Masahiro Tanaka (ESPN)
1:05 p.m. New York Mets at Washington Nationals, Jacob DeGrom vs Max Scherzer
2:10 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers, Miles Mikolas vs. Jhoulys Chacin
3:05 p.m. Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies, Julio Teheran vs Aaron Nola
3:37 p.m. Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays, Jordan Zimmerman vs. Marcus Stroman
4:00 p.m. Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers, Zack Grienke vs Hyun-Jin Ryu (ESPN)
4:00 p.m. Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays, Justin Verlander vs Blake Snell
4:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers, Jon Lester at Mike Minor
4:07 p.m. Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics, Trevor Cahill vs Mike Fiers
4:10 p.m. San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres, Madison Bumgarner vs Eric Lauer
4:10 p.m. Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins, Corey Kluber vs Jose Berrios
4:10 p.m. Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins, Kyle Freeland vs Jose Urena
4:10 p.m. Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds, Jameson Taillon vs Luis Castillo
4:15 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals, Carlos Rodon vs Brad Keller
7:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners, Chris Sale vs Marco Gonzales (ESPN)