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.
This says it all about Opening Day. http://t.co/pJnlA0QbIr Courtesy of superfan Jon Hamm.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 30, 2014
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 players—in action. We'll also give a prediction for each contest.
Opening Day Schedule
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.
|Time (ET)||Road Team||Home Team||TV Info|
|1:05 p.m.||Chicago Cubs||Pittsburgh Pirates||ESPN|
|1:08 p.m.||Kansas City Royals||Detroit Tigers||FSMW/FSD|
|1:10 p.m.||Washington Nationals||New York Mets||MASN/SNY|
|2:05 p.m.||Philadelphia Phillies||Texas Rangers||CSNPhi/FSSW|
|2:10 p.m.||Atlanta Braves||Milwaukee Brewers||FSSO/FSWIS|
|3:05 p.m.||Boston Red Sox||Baltimore Orioles||ESPN2|
|4:10 p.m.||Minnesota Twins||Chicago White Sox||FSN/CSNChi|
|4:10 p.m.||St. Louis Cardinals||Cincinnati Reds||ESPN|
|4:10 p.m.||Toronto Blue Jays||Tampa Bay Rays||SportsNet/FSFL|
|7:05 p.m.||Colorado Rockies||Miami Marlins||ESPN2|
|9:40 p.m.||San Francisco Giants||Arizona Diamondbacks||Comcast SportsNet/FSAZ|
|10:05 p.m.||Cleveland Indians||Oakland Athletics||STO/CSNBayArea|
|10:05 p.m.||Seattle Mariners||Los Angeles Angels||ESPN2|
Opening Day Predictions
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.
|Road Team||Home Team||Pick|
|Chicago Cubs||Pittsburgh Pirates||Pirates|
|Kansas City Royals||Detroit Tigers||Tigers|
|Washington Nationals||New York Mets||Nationals|
|Philadelphia Phillies||Texas Rangers||Rangers|
|Atlanta Braves||Milwaukee Brewers||Braves|
|Boston Red Sox||Baltimore Orioles||Red Sox|
|Minnesota Twins||Chicago White Sox||Twins|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Cincinnati Reds||Reds|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Tampa Bay Rays||Rays|
|Colorado Rockies||Miami Marlins||Marlins|
|San Francisco Giants||Arizona Diamondbacks||Giants|
|Cleveland Indians||Oakland Athletics||Athletics|
|Seattle Mariners||Los Angeles Angels||Mariners|
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