The MLB season gets going in a slightly confusing way, but why have one Opening Day when you can have several?
Sunday’s three games were all good contests. Pittsburgh immediately gave everyone a reminder that there’s a third competitive team in the NL Central with a win against St Louis, Chris Archer and Marcus Stroman duelled at Tropicana Field with the latter taking the honours, and the Mets-Royals opener went the way of the World Series, right down to including a fielding clunker from Yoenis Cespedes.
Opening Week is a real celebration of baseball being back as the starting rotations are normally aligned so that aces or near-aces match-up against each other. It’s even better for us as teams schedule plenty of day-games this week making them perfect viewing for us.
As a reminder, every Monday I round-up all of the pre-midnight BST starts for the traditional working week ahead. This is on the basis that these are the games that you don’t need to sacrifice too much sleep to watch.
The games that are on the BT Sport channels are listed, as are any of the early games selected to be the MLB.com Free Game (available to watch online via MLB.TV without a subscription). MLB.com only seems to list those three days ahead, so it’s possible an early game on Thursday or Friday may be available to watch free too.
Monday 4 April
18:00. Houston @ New York Yankees (Keuchel – Tanaka) *BT Sport/ESPN
19:10. San Francisco @ Milwaukee (Bumgarner – Peralta) *MLB.com Free Game
20:05. Minnesota @ Baltimore (Santana – Tillman)
21:00. Seattle @ Texas (Hernandez – Hamels) *BT Sport/ESPN
21:10. Boston @ Cleveland (Price – Kluber)
21:10. Washington @ Atlanta (Scherzer – Teheran)
21:10. Philadelphia @ Cincinnati (Hellickson – Iglesias)
Tuesday 5 April
21:15. New York Mets @ Kansas City (Syndergaard – Young) *BT Sport/ESPN
Wednesday 6 April
18:10. Toronto @ Tampa Bay (Sanchez – Moore)
18:40. San Francisco @ Milwaukee (Samardzija – Garza)
19:05. SeattleÂ @ Texas (Miley – Lewis)
20:40. Colorado @ Arizona (Chatwood – Corbin) *MLB.com Free Game
21:55. Detroit @ Miami (Zimmermann – Fernandez)
23:10. Boston @ Cleveland (Buchholz – Carrasco)
Thursday 7 April
17:35. Philadelphia @ Cincinnati (Morton – Stephenson)
20:35. Chicago WS @ Oakland (Latos – Graveman) *MLB.com Free Game
21:05. Houston @ New York Yankees (Fiers – Eovaldi)
21:05. Miami @ Washington (Conley – Gonzalez)
21:35. Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco (Wood – Peavy)
23:10. Boston @ Cleveland (Kelly – Salazar)
Friday 8 April
18:10. New York Yankees @ Detroit (Severino – Sanchez)
18:10. Philadelphia @ New York Mets (Eickhoff – deGrom)
21:10. Cleveland @ Chicago WS (Anderson – Danks)
21:10. San Diego @ Colorado (Rea – Lyles)
All of these games are available to watch or listen to live via an MLB.TV subscription. TV coverage of MLB comes courtesy of the BT Sport channels and these are highlighted above, as are any games that are available to view online for free via MLB.com. The above list of games just shows those starting before midnight UK time. The full schedule of MLB games can be found on MLB.com