The 2019 MLB Season is about to open on the earliest day ever. On March 28th, Major League Baseball teams across the nation will kick off the start of the regular season and it’s barely spring! All 30 teams will be playing on Opening Day, so get your tickets if you want to see the (literal) first pitches of the season!
Baseball is basically the cheapest professional sport you can go see and it’s a great way to get outside as the days and nights finally start to heat up. Grab a few friends and head out to a ballgame for a hot dog. Make it an economical family day out! Even if you’re not in it for the sport, there’s always the food, the beer, and the atmosphere to enjoy. Here are a few games on our radar for the MLB’s Opening Day 2019…
New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium
Is there a team as iconic as the Yankees? They’re kicking off the season in dramatic fashion with an AL East rivalry game against the Orioles. The Yankees are at least as good as they were last year, which was enough to secure them a wild card spot in the playoffs, though not enough to put away the Red Sox. They’ll need all the wins they can get this season to beat out their archnemesis. They’ve still got stellar players like Aaron Judge, but despite rumors, the Yankees failed to acquire Manny Machado in the offseason. Meanwhile, the Orioles were basically a trainwreck in 2018, so they can only go up from there, right?!
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Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets at Nationals Park
Sure, the Nationals have never won a World Series, but is there anything more American than checking out an MLB game in the nation’s capital? The Washington Nationals are hoping to change that run of bad luck and they kick things off on Thursday at home against New York’s other favorite team, the Mets. The Nationals have the depth to succeed in a competitive division and on top of that, they’ve also got a solid rotation and a young star in Trea Turner. The Mets have improved in the offseason as well, adding to their bench, their lineup, and their bullpen.
Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park
The reigning World Series champs are heading to the west coast for Opening Day. Last season, the Red Sox won a ridiculous 108 games and while they’ve still got the talent, it’s definitely going to be tough to perform that well again. However, they’ve got a solid core of young players and stars like Mookie Betts who will set their sights on making this team into a dynasty. Though they’ve lost Craig Kimbrel (for now), many folks are calling for a repeat World Series victory and it could certainly happen. On the other side, the Mariners have never won a World Series and they haven’t been to the postseason since 2001. And honestly, we can’t say they made a lot of trades in the offseason to help them change things. But hey, you never know! Either way, it’ll be a fun game to attend!
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Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park
Another one of America’s favorite teams, the Braves are taking on the Phillies for their first game of the season. Last year, the Braves were number one in the NL East but they were eliminated by the World Series-bound Dodgers in the NLDS. They’ve got a strong lineup and they just signed Josh Donaldson to a one-year deal to improve it even further. The Phillies have a lot of veteran players who give them lineup strength and depth, but they still need a little help in the bullpen. Check ’em out in Philly on Opening Day!
San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres at Petco Park
Watch these two California teams battle it out in beautiful San Diego on Opening Day. We’re throwing this game in there because you’re sure to have some lovely weather even at the end of March and who doesn’t need some sunshine right now? The Giants may not have made any big moves in the offseason but they do have the often unhittable Madison Bumgarner on their side… if he can stay healthy. The Padres are rebuilding and they’ve brought in Ian Kinsler to help them stay competitive, but it might be a while before they start reaching new heights and meeting higher expectations. No, neither of these teams is amazing, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a fun game!