The Major League Baseball schedule is set long before Opening Day, or even the end of the season prior. For instance, the fact that the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets had a World Series rematch on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball to open the season was pure coincidence, not a conscious decision by MLB.
But now that Opening Day is here and the Detroit Tigers aren't playing, I'm going to complain. The Tigers and Marlins will square off at 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday, long after MLB's other 28 teams have debuted. The Mets and Royals will have completed two full games by the time Justin Verlander takes the mound in Miami, while the Blue Jays and Rays will be starting their third game.
Whether this was MLB trying to "feature" as many teams as possible or a way at making Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria as ornery as possible, it takes away from the pomp and circumstance of Opening Day, a Monday that some people are trying to turn into a national holiday. Sure, complaining about having to wait another 24 hours for Tigers baseball is the ultimate #firstworldproblems, but so is whining about bullpen management on the internet. Other than a handful of games on Sunday -- I'm a fan of the afternoon games, for what it's worth -- everyone else should debut on Opening Day proper.
Anyway, if your only activities today involve drinking beer and watching baseball, you're in luck. MLB Daily Dish has compiled TV listings for every game, along with pitching matchups. MLB.TV subscribers can click here for all your streaming glory. ESPN will televise four games on its networks, beginning with the Astros and Yankees at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.
Rejoice, everyone! Baseball is back, even if the Tigers aren't.
There was baseball yesterday too!
The Pittsburgh Pirates beat their division rival St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 thanks to a dominant performance from Francisco Liriano, then signed young outfielder Gregory Polanco to a five-year contract extension. The deal, which includes a couple of team options on the tail end, could give the Pirates control of Polanco -- who was worth 2.3 WAR last season -- through the 2023 season.
In the nightcap, the Royals Royals'd their way to a 4-3 win over the Mets. Click here if you want to see the Mets roster as dogs, because dogs.
Things to know about the Marlins
Courtesy of our friends at Fish Stripes, the Marlins are entering the regular season healthy, which is good when relying on stars like Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton. Second baseman Dee Gordon is taking a Gose-like approach to walks -- i.e. he doesn't care about them -- while shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria has a Jose Iglesias-like relationship with defensive metrics.
And here's everything else you need to know about the Tigers' first opponent.
Things about the Tigers (since we're a Tigers blog)
Shane Greene was one of FanGraphs' winners of spring training, even if he only has a job because of Daniel Norris' injury. Even the most pragmatic of Tigers fans, Neil Weinberg of New English D, thinks 2016 will be a big year in Detroit. Three smart people at Baseball Prospectus think Miguel Cabrera will win the MVP. Justin Verlander is a normal guy despite literally nothing in his life being normal. Here's a big ol' list of minor league rosters.