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MLB Opening Day 2022: Schedule, Dates, Starting Pitchers, How to Watch | Vivid Seats

March 17, 2022 by Stephen Spiewak


MLB Opening Day 2022

Baseball is back.

After a lockout forced the cancellation of the start of the 2022 MLB season, the players and owners reached an agreement on a full 162-game season.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan broke the news in early March, much to the delight of fans of America’s pastime.

MLB Opening Day for 2022 will take place on April 7, with a Yankees vs. Red Sox matchup set to kick off the season at Yankee Stadium.

According to Bob Nightengale, 16 games will open the season on April 8, while the remaining teams will begin their seasons on over the following 10 days. The latest Opening Days will occur on April 18.

MLB Opening Day Tickets – What To Know

Fans of all teams were cheering for the same result over the past few weeks: a full MLB season. Although there will be a complete season in 2022, the schedule of games—particularly Opening Days—continues to be a work in progress.

If you’ve purchased Opening Day tickets, or tickets for other games that may be rescheduled, we understand you’re concern about when the games will take place and we’re working with the MLB directly on all games that have been affected. Rest assured that if there are any changes to your tickets made, we’ll email you with updates to your event.

We’re working with the MLB directly on all games that have been affected. Rest assured that if there are any changes to your tickets made, we’ll email you with updates to your event.

MLB Opening Day: How to Watch

The best way to take in Opening Day is, of course, to be there in person. Many baseball fans make Opening Day a tradition. There’s nothing that compares to being in the stands to ring in the new season of America’s pastime.

For those who will be watching from home, ESPN’s Opening Day coverage usually features several games throughout the day.

Other national channels that will broadcast games throughout the season include:

  • Fox
  • FS1
  • TBS
  • MLB Network
  • Regional channels (e.g. SNY, YES Network, etc)

The MLB TV app is a great resource for fans who live outside of the market of their favorite team but still want to watch Opening Day and other games.

In 2022, Apple will broadcast “Friday Night Baseball” as part of its Apple TV+ programming. The lineup will feature a doubleheader each Friday.

The MLB also reached an agreement with Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, to broadcast a package of 18 games. In 2021 and 2021, YouTube hosted the MLB Game of the Week, which offered fans a chance to watch a full game on YouTube for free.

Teams With Home Openers on April 7

  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Atlanta Braves
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Kansas City Royals
  • Los Angeles Angels
  • Minnesota Twins
  • New York Yankees
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Washington Nationals

Teams With Home Openers on April 8

  • Colorado Rockies
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Toronto Blue Jays

Teams With Home Openers on April 11

  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Texas Rangers

Teams With Home Openers on April 12

  • Chicago White Sox
  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Pittsburgh Pirates

Teams With Home Openers on April 14

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Miami Marlins
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • San Diego Padres

Teams With Home Openers on April 15

  • Boston Red Sox
  • Cleveland Guardians
  • New York Mets
  • Seattle Mariners

Teams With Home Openers on April 18

  • Houston Astros
  • Oakland Athletics

MLB Opening Day 2022 Starting Pitchers

Here’s a breakdown of the pitchers most likely to take the mound in the first game for each team:

  • Max Scherzer (Mets)
  • Gerrit Cole (Yankees)
  • Shane Bieber (Guardians)
  • Patrick Corbin (Nationals)
  • Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
  • Lucas Giolito (White Sox)
  • Aaron Nola (Phillies)
  • Joe Ryan (Twins)
  • Brandon Woodruff (Brewers)
  • Justin Verlander (Astros)
  • Jose Berrios (Blue Jays)
  • Kyle Hendricks (Cubs)
  • Adam Wainwright (Cardinals)
  • Robbie Ray (Mariners)
  • Max Fried (Braves)
  • Shohei Ohtani (Angels)
  • Kyle Gibson (Rangers)
  • Shane McClanahan (Rays)
  • Nathan Ovaldi (Red Sox)
  • Eduardo Rodriguez (Tigers)
  • Sandy Alcantara (Marlins)
  • John Means (Orioles)
  • Kyle Freeland (Rockies)
  • Yu Darvish (Padres)
  • Frankie Montas (A's)
  • Luis Castillo (Reds)
  • Logan Webb (Giants)
  • Madison Bumgarner (Diamondbacks)
  • JT Brubaker (Pirates)
  • John Means (Orioles)
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