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Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Adrian Houser throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


Mike Shara

This begins our first full week of action in MLB and, frankly, it couldn’t come soon enough. Nothing says ‘warmer weather and summer days are on their way’ like watching a ball game (or listening on the radio) and maybe laying a few bets here and there. It’s comforting to know that it will be almost 7 months from now before there’s no baseball to enjoy. It’s been a rough couple of years and we’ll take any comfort we can get.

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This week has some really good matchups, too. The Blue Jays – a sexy pick from many experts to rise to the top of the American League East this season – will travel to the Bronx to start a four game series with the Yankees on Monday. New York has been bullying Toronto for most of the last 25 years or so and it will be interesting to see how the pressure of being a preseason darling pick weighs on a relatively young Toronto team in their first tough road series of the year.

Another great divisional matchup begins Monday as San Francisco plays host to the Padres. San Diego is hoping for a better season after being last year’s sexy pick to win the National League, though they have already been beset by key injuries to Fernando Tatis Jr, Mike Clevinger and Blake Snell. The Padres had a successful weekend, taking three of four in Arizona after losing the season opener on a walk-off home run and the Giants started by taking two of three vs. Miami. 

The Mariners finished the 2021 season with a 33-19 record in games decided by one run, a statistic which would have sabermetricians pointing out that they’re likely due for a regression. However they won their first two games of 2022 by one run, edging the Twins in each of the first two games of the year before getting blown out on Sunday. They’ll play their fourth game in chilly Minnesota before heading to Chicago to begin a tough series with a White Sox team that has already been beset by a number of injuries to key players this season (Yoan Moncada, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito and Garrett Crochet). Chicago is a clear favorite in the American League Central but they will need to rely on a young but gifted pitching staff to stay in the race until some of their veteran starters can return to action, hopefully sooner than later. 

The weekend has some very promising series happening, too. The two teams forecast to be leaders in the National League Central will meet for the first time this season as Milwaukee hosts the Cardinals for a four game series starting Thursday. Milwaukee’s vaunted starting pitchers struggled in frigid Wrigley Field during the season’s opening weekend. No doubt they’ll be happy to return to the climate controlled conditions of the worst corporate-named ballpark on Planet Earth – American Family Field. Blech. I just threw up in my mouth and I only had to type that – I didn’t even say it out loud. Anyway – should be a dandy of a weekend for baseball fans in Bratwurst City. 

The weekend also has other intriguing contests, with Minnesota visiting Boston, Atlanta traveling across the country to face San Diego, Tampa Bay facing the White Sox and those pesky one-run Mariners concluding a tough first ten games of the season with a series vs. Houston at home at T-Mobile Park (another horrible corporate-named stadium that is lucky that monstrosity in Milwaukee is around to divert folks’ attention from it). 

Remember that the games I’ve listed below are only the nationally broadcast games. Your local team’s games will be covered by your local broadcasters so check your listings to keep an eye on your team. Packages to watch out-of-market games are available from sources like MLBTV, Hulu, SlingTV and others so you may want to investigate those before the season goes on much longer. Local blackout rules often apply to many national broadcasts, so you may get a different game if you live in the teams’ area (which really sucks and is stupid). All games listed are at EST.

Milwaukee @ Baltimore   3:05 pm    ESPN+
NY Mets @ Philadelphia   6:45 pm    FS1
San Diego @ San Francisco   9:30 pm    MLB TV

Seattle @ Chicago (AL)   4:10 pm    ESPN+
NY Mets @ Philadelphia   6:45 pm   MLBTV

Washington @ Atlanta  12 noon   MLB TV
Boston @ Detroit   1:10 pm    ESPN+
San Diego @ San Francisco   3:30 pm   MLB TV

Toronto @ NY Yankees   7 pm   MLBTV
Atlanta @ San Diego   8:10 pm    ESPN+

Arizona @ NY Mets   1pm    MLB TV
Minnesota @ Boston   2:10 pm   ESPN+
Tampa @ Chicago (AL)   7:10 pm    APPLETV+
Cincinnati @ LA Dodgers    10:10 pm   APPLETV+

Arizona @ NY Mets   1pm   MLB TV
Atlanta @ San Diego   4:05 pm    FS1
NY Yankees @ Baltimore   7:05 pm    ESPN+

NY Yankees @ Baltimore  1 pm   MLBTV
St. Louis @ Milwaukee   2:10 pm    ESPN+
Houston @ Seattle  4 pm   MLBTV
Atlanta @ San Diego   7 pm   ESPN

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