The 2017 Baseball Season Starts Today: Opening Day
The 2017 Major League Baseball Opening Day season opens with not one, but three games on Sunday. The day of divisional matchups culminates with the St. Louis Cardinals hosting the defending champion Chicago Cubs, their fiercest rival.
All three Opening Day games on Sunday will be televised by the ESPN family of networks, with online streaming available online.
The Cubs are coming off a juggernaut 103-win season that saw them win the World Series for the first time since 1908. Chicago has 200 wins in two years under skipper Joe Maddon, and with their array of young hitting talent and veteran pitching, the Cubs are arguably the best team in baseball again for 2017.
St. Louis was a 100-win team as recently as 2015, though at 86-76 last year, the Cards finished just a game out of a wild-card spot, snapping a string of five straight playoff appearances and three straight National League Central division titles.
The first game on Sunday features the Tampa Bay Rays hosting the New York Yankees. The 1 p.m. ET game is technically the first MLB game of the regular season.
That Opening Day game gives us our first 2017 look at Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, who finished second in AL Rookie of the Year voting last year after he hit a whopping 20 home runs in just 53 games. He’ll face Rays ace Chris Archer, making his third straight opening day start for Tampa Bay.
In between is a National League West battle between the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix. The pitching matchup in this game is excellent, with Madison Bumgarner facing Zack Greinke on the mound. But those two are also productive at the plate, as two of the best hitting pitchers in baseball.
The summer is here and baseball is back.