MLB fans know that spring and baseball can become a sticky or rather slippery combination. Fortunately, the rain didn’t affect the first game of the season too much.
On Saturday, April 22, all 30 MLB teams will compete. To date, no team has run out of contention, and therefore all clubs will try to do all they can to keep pace in their division.
The Toronto Blue Jays vs New York Yankees will be the first MLB game of the day, taking place at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET. Alek Manoah will be competing for the Jays against Gerrit Cole, who he considers a “cheat” for the season. Furthermore, Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. fanned the flames by declaring that he would “never play for the Yankees.”
“Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on his off-season comments that he will never play for the Yankees (via interpreter): “It’s a personal matter. It belongs to my family. It’s a decision. My decision and I will never change that.” – Keegan Matheson
The weather for the day along the US East Coast looks clear. However, some clouds and rain may persist as the day enters the evening phase.
Among the games likely to be affected include the final innings of the Phillies’ 3:05 home game against the Colorado Rockies. The Detroit Tigers’ 7:05 game at Camden Yards is also in jeopardy.
Many stadiums that host matches on April 22 have domes. Shane McClanahan will take down his 4-0 record and 1.57 ERA against the Chicago White Sox. Although showers are expected in the Tampa area, the 17-3 Rays will be sheltered from the inclement conditions by Tropicana Stadium for their 4:10 p.m. game.
On the West Coast, things are looking good for MLB fans. Both the Los Angeles Angels and Giants will compete at the end of the day. Fans in both California cities can expect clear skies, sunshine and temperatures expected to hover around the 70-degree mark.
“Oracle Park. Oh my god” – Nut Baseball History
Saturday April 22 to host a variety of storylines for MLB fans
With Cole-Manoah Rivarly taking center stage, Fernando Tatis Jr. is consolidating his return to the MLB baseball team for the San Diego Padres. As such, fans should be grateful that most of the game’s time will be on a seemingly perfect early Saturday.