MLB Opening Day 2014: Full Schedule, Last-Minute Predictions for Monday's Action

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 31, 2014

Los Angeles Angels's Mike Trout hits during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Morry Gash

We made it. Opening Day is finally upon us. Even though it's not an official national holiday, it is still treated as such by fans.

After an offseason that featured a great deal of player movement and an arduous spring training period, the 2014 MLB season is set to kick off on Monday.

Each team starts with a clean slate and will certainly be looking to get off to a hot start.

Let's take a look at all of the essential viewing information so you don't miss your favorite team—or fantasy playersin action. We'll also give a prediction for each contest.


Opening Day Schedule

Darron Cummings

It's time to set up multiple TVs in your household so you can catch as much of Monday's action as possible. After all, Opening Day comes only once a year for each MLB team.

Monday features a slate of what will surely be highly contested matchups. These teams are looking to build off last season's success or this year's spring training momentum.

Get dialed in and enjoy.

2014 MLB Opening Day Schedule (March 31)
Time (ET)Road TeamHome TeamTV Info
1:05 p.m.Chicago CubsPittsburgh PiratesESPN
1:08 p.m.Kansas City RoyalsDetroit TigersFSMW/FSD
1:10 p.m.Washington NationalsNew York MetsMASN/SNY
2:05 p.m.Philadelphia PhilliesTexas RangersCSNPhi/FSSW
2:10 p.m.Atlanta BravesMilwaukee BrewersFSSO/FSWIS
3:05 p.m.Boston Red SoxBaltimore OriolesESPN2
4:10 p.m.Minnesota TwinsChicago White SoxFSN/CSNChi
4:10 p.m.St. Louis CardinalsCincinnati RedsESPN
4:10 p.m.Toronto Blue JaysTampa Bay RaysSportsNet/FSFL
7:05 p.m.Colorado RockiesMiami MarlinsESPN2
9:40 p.m.San Francisco GiantsArizona DiamondbacksComcast SportsNet/FSAZ
10:05 p.m.Cleveland IndiansOakland AthleticsSTO/CSNBayArea
10:05 p.m.Seattle MarinersLos Angeles AngelsESPN2


Opening Day Predictions

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Each team's ace is set to take the mound and earn his first victory of the season. Big-money players are ready to prove their worth and get off to hot starts. Each team is looking to build early momentum—especially those teams that open up at home.

All of these things are in play Monday, and that's what makes Opening Day so special.

Each team has a long journey ahead, and they all share the same goal: reaching the postseason and making a run at the World Series. Starting fast is the best way to make that dream a reality.

Here's a look at each Opening Day matchup and picks for which teams are likely to earn coveted early wins.

2014 MLB Opening Day Predictions
Road TeamHome TeamPick
Chicago CubsPittsburgh PiratesPirates
Kansas City RoyalsDetroit TigersTigers
Washington NationalsNew York MetsNationals
Philadelphia PhilliesTexas RangersRangers
Atlanta BravesMilwaukee BrewersBraves
Boston Red SoxBaltimore OriolesRed Sox
Minnesota TwinsChicago White SoxTwins
St. Louis CardinalsCincinnati RedsReds
Toronto Blue JaysTampa Bay RaysRays
Colorado RockiesMiami MarlinsMarlins
San Francisco GiantsArizona DiamondbacksGiants
Cleveland IndiansOakland AthleticsAthletics
Seattle MarinersLos Angeles AngelsMariners
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