Royals vs. Guardians: MLB Opening Day 2022 live stream, TV channel, time, watch online, pitchers, odds

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The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Guardians will kick off their 2022 seasons at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday, April 7. The Royals enter the year looking to continue building upon the development of their young players, including infielder Bobby Witt Jr., the No. 2 prospect in baseball who made Kansas City’s Opening Day roster and has immediately become a Rookie of the Year favorite. The Guardians, meanwhile, will look to stay in the win column behind a solid rotation (if it stays healthy) and hope for more offense compared to last year’s lineup.

The Opening Day pitching matchup will feature a pair of Cy Young winners in right-handers Zack Greinke and Shane Bieber. You can find the full MLB Opening Day 2022 schedule here. Information on Royals vs. Guardians, including live stream details, are below.

Royals vs. Guardians

Date: Thursday, April 7 | Time: 4:10 pm ET
Location: Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City, Mo.
Live stream: MLB.tv | TV: Bally Sports Great Lakes, Bally Sports Kansas City
Probable pitchers: RHP Zack Greinke (KC) vs. RHP Shane Bieber (CLE)
OddsStk #: CLE -125; KC +105; O / U: 8 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Storylines

Royals: The biggest storyline for the Royals will likely be all about the organization’s top prospect Bobby Witt Jr., and how the 21-year-old fares in his first big-league season. Witt has seen the bulk of his minor-league action at shortstop, but he’ll be called on to be the Royals’ everyday starter at third base after playing the position throughout the spring. It’s been seven years since Kansas City defeated the Mets in the World Series, and that also happens to be the last time the team reached the postseason.

Guardians: The Guardians begin the 2022 season with their new franchise nickname, but not a whole lot of other updates to the ball club. The only offseason moves made by Cleveland happened to be in the last week or so, and included handing out a five-year extension to closer Emmanuel Clase and a five-year extension to superstar third baseman José Ramírez. Both players appear to be locked in long-term with a Guardians team that might very well be heading toward a rebuild, if not, a transition period. Cleveland made the expanded playoffs in 2020 before losing to the Yankees in the AL Wild Card best-of-three series, but the team’s last postseason win was all the way back in 2017 against the Yankees in the ALDS.

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