Texas Rangers‘ Opening Day is on the way, with the countdown now close to one week to go!
2021 officially begins on the road, as the Rangers will travel to Kansas City to take on the Royals for the opening series beginning Thursday, April 1.
We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know ahead of the contest!
What time is the Texas Rangers’ Opening Day game?
The Rangers and Royals will commence the season at 3:10 PM CT.
Watching/listening to the game
Where can I can watch or listen to the Texas Rangers on Opening Day?
Assuming you weren’t left stranded by cable companies or streaming services and their failure to orchestrate a deal with Fox Sports Southwest (which is now being re-branded as Bally Sports), you can watch the game there with Dave Raymond and CJ Nitkowski on the call.
The game can also be heard on 105.3 The Fan with Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks.
If you have MLB.tv, you can watch or listen to the game that way as well.
Can I go to the game?
The Kansas City Royals have a different attendance policy than the Texas Rangers.
Kauffman Stadium will have a capacity of 10,000 in attendance for Opening Day.
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This is obviously a far lesser figure than the full capacity expected to be allowed by the Texas Rangers on their home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 5.
The wait until April 5th might just be worth your time, though, as Globe Life Field is sure to be electric!
The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals both announced their starters for Opening Day.
For the home team, it’ll be righty Brad Keller, who is arguably the Royals’ best starting pitcher at the moment.
Keller gets his second Opening Day nod after pitching to a 2.47 ERA in nine starts and 54.2 innings pitched for Kansas City in 2020.
As for the Texas Rangers, it’ll be Kyle Gibson toeing the rubber.
Gibson is getting his first career Opening Day start coming off a 2020 season in which he struggled mightily. The veteran righty posted a 5.35 ERA in 12 starts and 67.1 innings pitched during the pandemic-shortened campaign.
Gibson is debuting a new pitch- a cutter- which he hopes will revitalize his career and aid in his 2021 bounce-back campaign.
He’s looked sharp in spring training, which is an encouraging sign.
April 1 can’t get here soon enough!