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MLB Opening Day 2019: Schedule and Odds

Major League Baseball starts the 2019 season with their earliest opening day in history, as all 30 teams will play on Thursday, March 28.

Although the season technically began in Japan on March 20th with an official two-game series between Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners, MLB recognizes the 28th of the month as the ceremonial start of the season.

Here’s a breakdown of all 15 Opening Day games with the latest odds. (All first pitch times are EDT):

New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals – 1:05 p.m.

Mets’ fans will get their first look at new GM Brodie Van Wagenen’s overhaul of New York’s roster as the Nationals begin the post-Bryce Harper era.

The game features a matchup of two of baseball’s best pitchers with the Mets’ Jacob deGrom squaring off against the Nats’ Max Scherzer.

Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees – 1:05 p.m. – ESPN

Baltimore’s Alex Cobb and the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka get the ball for their respective franchises on opening day.

The Yankees were 53-28 at home last season, while the Orioles were 19-62 away from Camden Yards in 2018.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 2:10 p.m.

After a breakout 2018, pitcher Miles Mikolas will take the mound for the Cardinals.

The Brewers were one game away from the World Series in 2018, losing to the Dodgers in Game 7 of the NLCS.

Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies – 3:05 p.m.

Bryce Harper will start his Phillies career in front of a full house at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

The Braves 2018 opening day pitcher, Mike Foltynewicz, will not be ready for Atlanta’s first game due to a sore elbow.

Detroit Tigers vs. Toronto Blue Jays – 3:37 p.m.

Blue Jays opening day starter Marcus Stroman looks to rebound from a rough 2018 with a start at the Rogers Centre, where he has allowed just a .361 slugging percentage to opposing batters in 60 career starts.

The Tigers were 26-55 on the road last season.

Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 4:00 p.m.

In one of the day’s most exciting pitching matchups, Houston’s Justin Verlander battles 2018 Cy Young winner Blake Snell.

In two starts against the Astros last season, Snell threw 14.1 innings and only allowed 2 ER while striking out 16. Houston was 3-4 against the Rays last season.

Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers – 4:05 p.m.

Jon Lester will take the hill for the Cubs in their 2019 opener, while the Rangers counter with southpaw Mike Minor.

The Cubs are 38-22 against the American League over the last three seasons.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics – 4:07 p.m.

Despite winning a stunning 97 games last season, Oakland struggled against the Angels in 2018 with a 9-10 head-to-head record.

The Angels will be without 2018 AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani who is still recovering from offseason Tommy John surgery.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds – 4:10 p.m.

The new look Reds will showcase an opening day lineup with new additions Yasiel Puig and starter Sonny Gray.

Jameson Taillon, who threw for a career-high 191 innings in 2018, will take the ball for the Pirates.

Colorado Rockies vs. Miami Marlins – 4:10 p.m.

Colorado will face off against Jose Urena, who’s starting his second straight opening day game for Miami.

The Marlins took four of their six matchups against the Rockies in 2018. The Rockies averaged 4.1 runs per game on the road last season compared to 5.5 runs per game at Coors Field.

Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins – 4:10 p.m.

The Indians will start the season without All-Star SS Francisco Lindor in the lineup as he nurses his calf strain injury back to health.

The Twins were one of the best home teams in baseball last season with a 49-32 record.

San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres – 4:10 p.m.

Manny Machado makes his official Padres debut in front of the San Diego home crowd against division rival San Francisco.

The Giants struggled for the second straight season winning only 73 games in 2018, featuring a 31-50 record on the road.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 4:10 p.m. – ESPN

With injuries to Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, the Dodgers’ rotation has gone from a strength to a liability.

Arizona has signaled that they are rebuilding with the offseason trade of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The Diamondbacks held a record of 11-8 against Los Angeles last season.

Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals – 4:15 p.m.

Two divisional foes that won less than 65 games each in 2018 open their season as Brad Keller takes the mound for Kansas City against the White Sox.

Chicago won 11 of their 19 games against the Royals last season.

Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners – 7:08 p.m. – ESPN

The 2018 World Series champs begin their title defense on the west coast with a matchup against the Mariners.

Boston sported a road record of 51-30 in 2018 while scoring 5.04 runs per game.

A reshuffled Seattle roster will try to improve on one of the worse home offenses in baseball last season, as the M’s offense only scored 3.69 runs per game at newly rechristened T-Mobile Park.

Opening Day Odds

A full list of odds will be added as soon as it is made available by the sportsbooks.

If you reside in New Jersey, you can already place bets on MLB futures at 888Sport and DraftKings Sportsbook.

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