Welcome to MLB Opening Day 2023!
The countdown has finally ended and we are excited to welcome you all to the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) season. As avid fans, we are anticipating another exciting year of baseball, which the league promises to be faster-paced and more accessible to both players and fans with new rules in place.
Opening Day promises to be a day full of action, with all 30 teams taking part in historic games. With so much to look forward to, let’s dive into what we can expect on this monumental day.
The Braves Opening Day Lineup
The Atlanta Braves are undoubtedly a team with World Series aspirations. However, their lineup for the opening day has surprised many. Dansby Swanson left in free agency, which left Vaughn Grissom to take over as shortstop. But surprisingly, veteran Orlando Arcia will start at shortstop, with Grissom beginning the season in Triple-A.
The rotation, too, has a few surprises. Kyle Wright, the 21-game winner, is still building up after receiving a cortisone shot in his right shoulder in January. Rookies Jared Shuster and Dylan Dodd both made the initial rotation, alongside Opening Day starters Fried, Spencer Strider, and Charlie Morton. There’s no Ian Anderson, Bryce Elder, or Mike Soroka. The farm system that was ranked last in the majors by ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel will be expected to contribute right out of the gate.
It remains to be seen whether the Braves can overcome their unconventional lineup and make a run at the World Series. We will closely monitor their progress throughout the season.
A Full Day of Action
Opening Day is a momentous day for baseball fans worldwide, with all 30 teams in action. There is no shortage of games to follow, and we’ve got you covered with a rundown of the schedule:
1:05 p.m.: San Francisco Giants at New York Yankees
2:10 p.m.: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
2:20 p.m.: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
3:10 p.m.: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays
4:05 p.m. on ESPN+: Philadelphia Phillies at Texas Rangers
4:10 p.m.: Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals
4:10 p.m.: New York Mets at Miami Marlins
4:10 p.m.: Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds
4:10 p.m.: Toronto Blue Jays at St. Louis Cardinals
7 p.m. on ESPN: Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros
10:07 p.m.: Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics
10:10 p.m.: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers
10:10 p.m.: Cleveland Guardians at Seattle Mariners
We will be closely following each game, providing live updates and takeaways. From top teams to the underdogs, we will keep you up-to-date on all the actions.
Exciting Debuts and Top Performances
There are plenty of debuts and performances to look forward to on Opening Day. Here are a few players to keep an eye on:
Anthony Volpe: The 21-year-old top shortstop prospect will become the youngest player to start on Opening Day for the New York Yankees since Derek Jeter.
Jacob deGrom: The former Cy Young winner makes his debut for the Texas Rangers against the defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Trea Turner: The prized offseason acquisition will make his debut for the Phillies against the Rangers.
Jose Abreu: The former Chicago White Sox player faces his former team as the newest member of last year’s World Series champion Houston Astros.
Shohei Ohtani: The game’s best player will take the mound for the Los Angeles Angels and start as the pitcher and designated hitter, making him the first player to do so on
By Mateo Feo