Spring training is almost over, which means MLB’s 2023 Opening Day is finally upon us!
All 30 teams will play in 15 games on Thursday, March 30, with two matchups kicking off the fun in the early afternoon: the Giants-Yankees and Braves-Nationals. The former is one of three interleague contests on Thursday, in addition to the nine divisional matchups that will take place. The reigning champion Astros, featuring new member Jose Abreu, open their season against the White Sox, the 2020 MVP’s former team, on ESPN.
Thirty of the best pitchers across the majors will take the mound, including eight Cy Young Award winners, 21 All-Stars and five pitchers who will be debuting for new clubs.
What are the most important things to know from the offseason going into the 162-game marathon that is the 2023 season? What are the most exciting matchups on Thursday? What are some storylines to watch?
We have you covered on everything you need to be prepared for this year’s Opening Day, from season previews and analysis to Thursday’s schedule.
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Opening Day schedule
(All times ET)
The pitching matchup: Max Fried vs. Patrick Corbin
The pitching matchup: Logan Webb vs. Gerrit Cole
The pitching matchup: Kyle Gibson vs. Corey Kluber
The pitching matchup: Corbin Burnes vs. Marcus Stroman
The pitching matchup: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Shane McClanahan
The pitching matchup: Aaron Nola vs. Jacob deGrom
The pitching matchup: Pablo Lopez vs. Zack Greinke
The pitching matchup: Max Scherzer vs. Sandy Alcantara
The pitching matchup: Mitch Keller vs. Hunter Greene
The pitching matchup: Alek Manoah vs. Miles Mikolas
The pitching matchup: German Marquez vs. Blake Snell
The pitching matchup: Dylan Cease vs. Framber Valdez
The pitching matchup: Shohei Ohtani vs. Kyle Muller
The pitching matchup: Zac Gallen vs. Julio Urias
The pitching matchup: Shane Bieber vs. Luis Castillo