We hope you’re ready for baseball! The 2023 MLB season officially began Thursday, March 30, and runs all the way through Sunday, October 1. The 2,430-game regular season will be among the most unique in league history as teams adjust to several new rule changes, including a pitch clock, bigger bases, and a balanced schedule.
Whether you’re looking to catch all 162 of your favorite team’s games, or make sure you have the ability to safely and securely stream every primetime showdown, ExpressVPN has you covered. Read on for all the ways to watch every game on the 2023 MLB schedule.
|Regular season||March 30 – October 1, 2023|
|Postseason||October 3, 2023 – November 4, 2023 (at the latest)|
|Number of teams:||30|
|Number of games:||162|
|TV partner(s)||Fox/FS1, TBS, ESPN/ABC, MLB Network, Apple TV+, Peacock, RCNs|
What are the MLB schedule changes for 2023?
As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, the 2023 MLB season will feature a balanced schedule similar to that used in the NBA and NHL. Let’s use the New York Yankees as an example to demonstrate how the new schedule works.
- Outside of the 2020 COVID season, teams traditionally played 76 games against divisional opponents. For example, the Yankees would play the Blue Jays, Orioles, Red Sox, and Rays 19 times (across six series) per season. Now, that 76 has decreased to 52, meaning the Yankees will only see their division rivals 13 times (across four series) per year.
- Each league has 15 teams, with five in each division. So how often will the Yankees face the likes of the AL Central’s Cleveland Guardians or the AL West’s Texas Rangers? Great question. Teams will play six games each against six league opponents, and seven games against four other league opponents, equaling 64 total intraleague games; this is actually slightly down from the 66 of years past. Sticking with the Yankees, the Bronx Bombers will play six games against the Guardians (April 10-12 in Cleveland and May 1-3 in New York) and seven against the Rangers (April 27-30 in Texas and June 23-25 in New York).
- Sticking with the Yankees, the Bronx Bombers and every other American League East team faced all National League Central teams in 2022. This year, the Yankees will play 46 total games against every National League team, including a four-game home-and-home series against the crosstown Mets, their natural rival. The 46 interleague games are up from 20 in 2022.
- In short: The Yankees will play 52 divisional games, 64 intraleague games, and 46 interleague games, resulting in 162 total games.
MLB Friday Night Baseball schedule
Apple TV+ will stream two MLB games every Friday night throughout the 2023 season. Here’s the full first-half schedule. Note that you must have an AppleTV+ subscription to watch games, as they are not expected to be available through MLB.TV.
|Date and time||Matchup|
|April 7, 2:20 p.m. ET||Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers|
|April 7, 7:20 p.m. ET||Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres|
|April 14, 6:40 p.m. ET||Detroit Tigers vs. San Francisco Giants|
|April 14, 7:10 p.m. ET||Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels|
|April 21, 7:05 p.m. ET||New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays|
|April 21, 7:20 p.m. ET||Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros|
|April 28, 8:10 p.m. ET||Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies|
|April 28, 10:10 p.m. ET||Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals|
|May 5, 6:40 p.m. ET||Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago White Sox|
|May 5, 7:10 p.m. ET||Cleveland Guardians vs. Minnesota Twins|
|May 12, 8:10 p.m. ET||Milwaukee Brewers vs. Kansas City Royals|
|May 12, 8:10 p.m. ET||Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago Cubs|
|May 19, 7:07 p.m. ET||Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles|
|May 19, 7:20 p.m. ET||Atlanta Braves vs. Seattle Mariners|
|May 26, 7:05 p.m. ET||New York Yankees vs. San Diego Padres|
|May 26, 7:10 p.m. ET||Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox|
|June 2, 5:10 p.m. ET||Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers|
|June 2, 8:10 p.m. ET||Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Guardians|
|June 9, 7:05 p.m.||Baltimore Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals|
|June 9, 9:38 p.m. ET||Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle Mariners|
|June 16, 8:10 p.m. ET||Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates|
|June 16, 10:10 p.m. ET||Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox|
|June 23, 6:40 p.m. ET||Miami Marlins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates|
|June 23, 7:05 p.m. ET||Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets|
|June 30, 7:05 p.m. ET||Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers|
|June 30, 9:38 p.m. ET||Los Angeles Angels vs. Arizona Diamondbacks|
2023 MLB regular season rivalry matchups
From historical rivalries to World Series rematches, here are some key 2023 series that have caught our eye. We’ve noted where each series will be played and which games will air on national television or streaming services. You can find the league’s entire daily schedule here.
|Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants||April 10-12 (San Francisco); June 16-18 (Los Angeles); September 21-24 (Los Angeles); September 29-October 1 (San Francisco)||Sportsnet LA, NBC Sports Bay Area|
|Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros||April 28-30 (Houston)||AppleTV+ (April 28), ESPN (April 30)|
|Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets||April 28-May 1 (New York); June 6-8 (Atlanta); August 11-13 (New York); August 21-23 (Atlanta)||Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Southeast, SNY, Fox (April 29); TBS (June 6)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres||May 5-7 (San Diego); May 12-14 (Los Angeles); August 4-7 (San Diego); September 11-13 (Los Angeles)||Sportsnet LA, Bally Sports San Diego, Fox (May 13); FS1 (August 5)|
|Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals||May 8-10 (Chicago); June 24-25 (London) July 20-23 (Chicago); July 27-30 (St. Louis)||Marquee, Bally Sports Midwest, Fox (June 24); ESPN (June 25)|
|Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies||May 25-28 (Atlanta); June 20-22 (Philadelphia); September 12-14 (Philadelphia); September 18-20 (Atlanta)||Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Southeast, NBC Sports Philadelphia, ESPN2 (May 28), TBS (June 20);|
|New York Yankees vs. San Diego Padres||May 26-28 (New York)||YES, Bally Sports San Diego, AppleTV+ (May 26)|
|New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies||May 30-June 1 (New York); June 23-25 (Philadelphia)||SNY, NBC Sports Philadelphia; AppleTV+ (June 23); FS1 (June 24); September 21-24 (Philadelphia); September 29-October 1 (New York)|
|Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees||June 9-11 (Boston); June 16-18 (New York); August 18-20 (Boston); September 11-14 (New York)||NESN, YES, ESPN (June 18), Fox (June 10, June 17, and September 14), and FS1 (August 19)|
|New York Yankees vs. New York Mets||June 13-14 (Mets host); July 25-26 (Yankees host)||YES, SNY, ESPN (June 14)|
|Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers||June 23-25 (Los Angeles)||AT&T SportsNet Southwest; Sportsnet LA; Fox (June 24)|
|Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees||August 3-6 (New York); September 1-3 (Houston)||AT&T SportsNet Southwest, YES, Fox (August 3), Amazon Prime Video (August 4 and September 1, New York market only; Houston feed will still air on AT&T SportsNet Southwest);|
2023 MLB Sunday Leadoff Schedule on Peacock
Get ready for another busy season of baseball on Peacock! You can find the full schedule below.
|Date and time||Matchup|
|April 23, 12:05 p.m. ET||Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies|
|April 30, 12:05 p.m. ET||Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs|
|May 7, 11:35 a.m. ET||Atlanta Braves vs. Baltimore Orioles*|
|May 14, 11:35 a.m. ET||Cleveland Guardians vs. Los Angeles Angels|
|May 21, 11:35 a.m. ET||Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Yankees|
|May 28, 11:35 a.m. ET||Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers|
|June 4, 11:35 a.m. ET||Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals|
|June 11, 11:35 a.m. ET||Detroit Tigers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks|
|June 18, 1:05 p.m. ET||Chicago Cubs vs. Baltimore Orioles|
|July 2, 12:05 p.m. ET||Baltimore Orioles vs. Minnesota Twins|
|July 9, 12:05 p.m. ET||Washington Nationals vs. Texas Rangers|
|July 16, 12:05 p.m. ET||Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants|
|July 23, 12:05 p.m. ET||Detroit Tigers vs. San Diego Padres|
|July 30, 12:05 p.m. ET||Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Angels|
|August 6, 12:05 p.m. ET||Cleveland Guardians vs. Chicago White Sox|
|August 13, 12:05 p.m. ET||Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers|
|August 20, 1:05 p.m. ET||Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners|
|August 27, 12:05 p.m. ET||New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Angels|
|September 3, 1:05 p.m. ET||Milwaukee Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies|
*denotes game that will also air live on NBC
MLB World Tour 2023
Several of baseball’s premier franchises are going global in 2023. Here’s an easy guide to the MLB World Tour:
|Game||Date and time||Venue||Network|
|San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres||Saturday, April 29, 4:05 p.m. local time / 6:05 p.m. ET||Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium, Mexico City||NBC Sports Bay Area, Bally San Diego, MLB Network|
|San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres||Sunday, April 30, 2:05 p.m. local time / 4:05 p.m. ET||Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium, Mexico City||NBC Sports Bay Area, Bally San Diego, MLB Network|
|St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs||Saturday, June 24, 6:10 p.m. local time / 1:10 p.m. ET||London Stadium, London||Fox|
|St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs||Sunday, June 25, 3:10 p.m. local time / 10:10 a.m. ET||London Stadium, London||ESPN|
MLB All-Star Game
The 2023 MLB All-Star Game is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11, 2023 and will be held at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. The Home Run Derby will occur one night earlier. Although the All-Star Game typically starts at 8 p.m. ET, an official first pitch time has not been announced yet.
What is the MLB playoff format for 2023?
The 2023 MLB postseason is expected to begin Tuesday, October 3. You can find the entire tentative schedule below.
|Wild Card Series||Oct. 3-TBD||ESPN, TBD|
|Divisional Series||TBD||Fox, TBS|
|League Championship Series||TBD||Fox/FS1 (ALCS), TBS (NLCS)|
|World Series||October TBD-Nov. 4 (latest)||Fox|
When does Shohei Ohtani pitch next?
Los Angeles Angels ace Shohei Ohtani is expected to make his next start against the Houston Astros during the weekend of June 1-4. As of May 30, 2023, Ohtani owns a 5-1 record with a 2.91 ERA and 90 strikeouts across 65 innings in 11 starts this season.
Was Shohei Ohtani drafted into the MLB?
No, Shohei Ohtani was not drafted by an MLB team. However, Ohtani was selected in the 2012 NPB Draft by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. After playing in Japan from 2013-17, Ohtani signed with the Los Angeles Angels following the 2017 season.
What position does Shohei Ohtani play?
Shohei Ohtani is a two-way player who serves as both a starting pitcher and a designated hitter. However, he is also capable of playing the corner outfield spots.
How long has Shohei Ohtani been an MLB player?
Shohei Ohtani made his MLB debut on March 29, 2018, in a 6-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Ohtani singled in his first at-bat against Kendall Graveman.
How many home runs does Shohei Ohtani have in his career?
As of May 30, 2023, Shohei Ohtani has hit 139 home runs thus far. Only Hideki Matsui (175) has more home runs at the MLB level among Japanese players.
FAQ: About the 2023 MLB schedule
Is the MLB schedule out for 2023?
The 2023 MLB season was officially released on August 24, 2022. Although each team will still play 162 total games, they will face all 29 other teams in one year for the first time in league history. Excluding the revamped COVID-impacted schedule in 2020, this marks the most substantial MLB schedule change since 2013, when teams began playing interleague play throughout the season rather than select weeks in May, June, and July.
How can I watch MLB.TV on my television?
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How can I watch baseball for free?
Fubo, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Stream all include channels that air MLB games (i.e. ESPN and Fox) and offer free trial services. Please note that as of March 2023, YouTube TV no longer carries MLB Network, and Fubo does not offer TBS. Although neither station traditionally airs exclusive regular-season games, TBS continues to have MLB postseason rights through the League Championship Series.
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