MLB Opening Day 2024: Schedule, dates, teams and how to watch

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The 2024 MLB season kicked off historically, with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers squaring off in Seoul, South Korea, on March 20-21. This marked the 1’st official MLB game played in South Korea, highlighting the league’s efforts to expand its global reach.

2024 MLB Opening Day Schedule

Here are the matchups scheduled for that day, along with game times and starting pitchers.

  • Milwaukee Brewers vs. New York Mets – 1:10 p.m. (Freddy Peralta – 1, José Quintana – 2)
  • Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies – 3:05 p.m. (Zack Wheeler – 1, Spencer Strider – 1)
  • Los Angeles Angels vs. Baltimore Orioles – 3:05 p.m. (Corbin Burnes – 3, Patrick Sandoval – 1)
  • San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres – 4:10 p.m. (Logan Webb – 3)
  • St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 4:10 p.m. (Miles Mikolas – 3)
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins – 4:10 p.m. (Mitch Keller – 2, Jesús Luzardo – 1)
  • Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 4:10 p.m. (José Berríos – 4, Zach Eflin – 1)
  • Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds – 4:10 p.m. (Josiah Gray – 1, Frankie Montas – 3)
  • Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals – 4:10 p.m. (Pablo López – 2, Cole Ragans – 1)
  • Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox – 4:10 p.m. (Garrett Crochet – 1, Tarik Skubal – 1)
  • New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros – 4:10 p.m. (Nestor Cortes – 1, Framber Valdez – 3)
  • Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers – 7:35 p.m. (Justin Steele – 1, Nathan Eovaldi – 4)
  • Cleveland Guardians vs. Oakland Athletics – 10:07 p.m. (Shane Bieber – 5, Alex Wood – 1)
  • Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners – 10:10 p.m. (Brayan Bello – 1, Luis Castillo – 4)
  • Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – 10:10 p.m. (Kyle Freeland – 3, Zac Gallen – 2)

How to watch 2024 MLB Opening Day games

Most Opening Day games will be broadcast on each baseball club’s regional sports networks (RSNs). To watch your local team’s games, you’ll need access to the RSN in your area through a cable, satellite or streaming TV package.ESPN will televise the Opening Night game between the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers at 7:35 p.m. ET. You can watch ESPN through cable, satellite and live TV streaming services.

Other options to stream MLB games include: 

  • MLB.TV: Offers live out-of-market games and an extensive library of on-demand content for $29.99/month or $129.99/season. However, it is subject to local blackout restrictions.
  • ESPN+: While it won’t have live games, it includes some on-demand MLB content and archives for $9.99/month or $99.99/year.
  • Apple TV+: We will exclusively stream two games every Friday night during the regular season, but we are still waiting for word on Opening Day.
  • Peacock: It will have an exclusive package of Sunday morning games but is also unlikely on Opening Day.
  • Live TV streaming services: Many, like Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV, offer the major networks and RSNs that will broadcast MLB games, though exact channel lineups vary.

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Which MLB teams play on Opening Day

Some matchups include the Milwaukee Brewers at New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels at Baltimore Orioles, and Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies, among others. The day will start with games at 1:10 p.m. Eastern Time and conclude with matches scheduled as late as 10:10 p.m. .

When is MLB Opening Day 2024?

The official Opening Day for most teams is scheduled for Thursday, March 28, 2024. However, the season will begin a week earlier, on March 20-21, with the Padres and Dodgers playing in Seoul, South Korea.

What are some of the key Opening Day matchups?

15 games are scheduled for March 28, including:

  • Milwaukee Brewers vs. New York Mets
  • Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies
  • New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros
  • Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers
  • Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners

How can I watch Opening Day games?

A: Most games will be broadcast on regional sports networks. ESPN will televise the Cubs-Rangers game. You can also stream out-of-market games on MLB.TV, but it is subject to local blackouts. Some games may be on streaming services like Apple TV+ or Peacock.

Which teams are expected to be contenders in 2024?

The Dodgers are heavy favorites after signing Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto. The Astros, Yankees, Mets, Braves and Padres also look strong. The Rangers and Diamondbacks are coming off surprise World Series appearances in 2023.

What are some top storylines entering 2024?

Shohei Ohtani’s debut with the Dodgers will be the biggest story after signing a record $700 million contract. The Cubs hiring Craig Counsell away from the Brewers as the highest-paid manager ever will also draw attention. Juan Soto is now on the Yankees. Several top free agents signed very late into spring training.

Will there be any new rules in effect for 2024?

A: 2023 saw the introduction of the pitch clock, bigger bases, and the banning the infield shift. Those rules will continue in 2024, but significant additional changes have yet to be announced.

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