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MLB Opening Day is back and we are closing in on opening day. Here is what Opening Day and the pitching matchups will look like.
Baseball is back. The 162-game season will be returning after a 99-day lockout, the second-longest stoppage in baseball history. The 2022 season will start a week later than usual and games that are to be missed will be made up later in the season.
The lockout postponed the original start date of spring training until a bargaining agreement was agreed to. Players were scheduled to report for spring training on March 14 and spring training is currently underway until April 4.
MLB Opening Day kicks off April 7, with the first game of the season being a matchup against the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. There are nine games scheduled on Opening Day and by April 8, all 30 MLB teams would have played their first game of the 2022 season.
MLB Opening Day probable pitcher matchups
As MLB Opening Day approaches, we will see nine teams start off the season, and it is only right to know who each team’s starting pitcher will be.
Note: Some teams like to announce their Opening Day starters later than others. We will update this post as Opening Day starters are revealed.
Boston Red Sox v. New York Yankees
Nathan Eovaldi will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox as they meet the New York Yankees. The Yankees will start Gerrit Cole opposite Eovaldi.
Milwaukee Brewers v. Chicago Cubs
Corbin Burnes will start for the Brewers as they meet the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs will start Kyle Hendricks for the third straight year.
New York Mets v. Washington Nationals
Jacob deGrom was scheduled to start for the Mets, but he is now injured for the foreseeable future. Max Scherzer wants to be ready, but a hamstring issue could also keep him out. The Mets Opening Day starter remains a mystery for now. The Nationals will start Patrick Corbin.
Cleveland Guardians v. Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke will start for the Royals as they meet the Cleveland Guardians. The Guardians will start ace Shane Bieber.
Seattle Mariners v. Minnesota Twins
Joe Ryan will start for the Twins as they meet the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners will start newly-acquired ace Robbie Ray, who previously pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and won the AL Cy Young award.
Pittsburgh Pirates v. St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright will start for the Cardinals as they meet the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates will start JT Brubaker across the diamond.
Cincinnati Reds v. Atlanta Braves
Tyler Mahle will start for the Reds as they meet the Atlanta Braves. Max Fried will be starting pitcher for the Braves on Opening Day.
Houston Astros v. Los Angeles Angles
Framber Valdez will start for the Astros as they meet the LA Angeles. Shohei Ohtani will be starting pitcher for the Angles on Opening Day.
San Diego Padres v. Arizona Diamondbacks
Yu Darvish will start for the Padres as they meet the Arizona D-backs on Opening Day. The D-backs will start Madison Bumgarner.
It’s going to be a great day for baseball fans. The lockout is over and MLB is back.