After five long months of waiting, this Sunday starts a new season of Major League Baseball and for the second consecutive year, ESPN will have a triple opening card that includes the night party between champions Cubs Chicago and their great rivals Cardinals of St. Louis , At Busch Stadium.
If the rain does not complicate the preparations, starting at 8:30 pm ET left-hander Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44, 202.2 IL in 2016) will open for Chicago and Dominican right-hander Carlos Martinez (16-9, 3.04, 195.1 IL ) By the Cardinals in the first appearance of the Cubs in St. Louis as champions of the World Series since Thursday, April 22, 1909. Clouds and threat of rain in the night will follow a relatively clear Sunday in the center of San Luis, according to the meteorological service.
The other two official matches of the day will be played in indoor stadiums and face no threat of rain. The first ” playball ” of the year will be sung at 1 pm ET when the New York Yankees will visit the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, while the second will be held at Chase Field around 4 pm Of the duel between San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Indians, Astros and Cubs are teams that have everything to reach the World Series and conquer the title. ESPN Illustration
Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (14-4, 3.07 and 199.2 IL) will face American right-hander Chris Archer (9-19, 4.02, 201.1 IL) in St. Petersburg and left-hander Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74, 226.2 IL ) To right Zack Greinke (13-7, 4.37, 158.2 IL) in downtown Phoenix.
The regular season of six months and 2,430 matches will have its first full day of action on Monday. Four of the 12 commitments of the day will be on ESPN’s schedule: The Atlanta Braves (Julio Teheran) will visit the New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard) at 1 pm ET, the San Diego Padres (Jhoulys Chacín) at The Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw) at 4 pm, the Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber) to the Texas Rangers (Yu Darsvish) at 7 pm and the Los Angeles Angels (Ricky Nolasco) to the Oakland Athletics (Kendall Graveman) at 10 pm.