The 2023 MLB season is set to begin.
On Opening Day, all 30 teams will play a game—the first time in almost 50 years that every MLB team has started the season on the same day. The Opening Day slate includes interleague matchups as part of the league’s effort to balance Wild Card races between divisions.
When is MLB Opening Day?
MLB Opening Day will occur on March 30th, 2023 with a full slate of games.
What games are on MLB Opening Day 2023?
- San Francisco Giants at New York Yankees, 1:05 ET, Yankee Stadium
- Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals, 1:05 ET, Nationals Park
- Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox, 2:10 ET, Fenway Park
- Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 ET, Wrigley Field
- Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays, 3:10 ET, Tropicana Field
- Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals, 3:10 ET, Kauffman Stadium
- Philadelphia Phillies at Texas Rangers, 4:05 ET, Globe Life Field
- New York Mets at Miami Marlins, 4:10 ET, LoanDepot Park
- Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds, 4:10 ET, Great American Ballpark
- Toronto Blue Jays at St. Louis Cardinals, 4:10 ET, Busch Stadium
- Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres, 5:10 ET, Petco Park
- Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros, 7:08 ET, Minute Maid Park
- Los Angeles Angels at Oakland A’s, 10:07 ET, RingCentral Coliseum
- Cleveland Guardians at Seattle Mariners, 10:10 ET, T-Mobile Park
- Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:10 ET, Dodger Stadium
Who are the 2023 MLB World Series favorites?
The current betting odds for the World Series winner are:
- Houston Astros +600
- New York Mets +750
- New York Yankees +750
- Los Angeles Dodgers +800
- Atlanta Braves +850
- San Diego Padres +850
- Toronto Blue Jays +1000
- Seattle Mariners +1600
- Philadelphia Phillies +1700
- St. Louis Cardinals +2000
- Tampa Bay Rays +2200
- Chicago White Sox +2500
- Cleveland Guardians +2500
- Milwaukee Brewers +3000
- Los Angeles Angels +4500
- Minnesota Twins +4500
- San Francisco Giants +4500
- Texas Rangers +4500
- Boston Red Sox +5000
- Baltimore Orioles +6000
- Chicago Cubs +8000
- Miami Marlins +10000
- Arizona Diamondbacks +12500
- Kansas City Royals +15000
- Detroit Tigers +20000
- Cincinnati Reds +25000
- Colorado Rockies +25000
- Pittsburgh Pirates +30000
- Oakland Athletics +50000
- Washington Nationals +50000
What are the 2023 MLB Rule Changes?
The MLB has instituted many new rules for 2023 to speed up games and increase offense.
Defensive Shift Changes: The defensive team must have a minimum of four players on the infield, with at least two infielders entirely on either side of second base. These restrictions are intended to increase the batting average on balls in play, to allow infielders to better showcase their athleticism, and to restore more traditional outcomes on batted balls.
Bigger Bases: First, second, and third bases, which traditionally have been 15 inches square, will instead be 18 inches square. The primary goal of this change is to give players more room to operate and avoid collisions, but it may lead to more stolen bases.
Pitch Timer: In an effort to create a quicker pace of play, there will be a 30-second timer between batters. Between pitches, there will be a 15-second timer with the bases empty and a 20-second timer with runners on base.
Schedule Change: Starting from 2023, the number of games that teams face against their divisional opponents will decrease from 76 to 52, with each team playing 13 games against one another. Additionally, there will be a marginal decrease in the number of intraleague games, with each team playing 64 games, while the number of interleague games will increase from 20 to 46.