March 29 – April 1: Chicago White Sox
While the opponent may not seem like a huge draw, fans will undoubtedly flock to Kauffman Stadium for Opening Day on Thursday, March 29th. There is a lot to check out on this Chicago team as well. Old friends James Shields and Joakim Soria seem to be locks to be on the club, and it is never a chore to watch Jose Abreu play. Also, with the rotation chalk full of young talent and Yoan Moncada likely to get a lot of looks, the famed White Sox farm system may finally be breaking through. Most importantly, we will get our first look at the 2018 Kansas City Royals.
April 12-15: Los Angeles Angels
This series cannot get here soon enough. The Angels were huge players in free agency, and boast an impressive lineup of capable big league talent. Mike Trout is undoubtedly the best player in the MLB right now. Local hero Albert Pujols is always a pleasure to watch. On top of that, he currently stands 7th on the all-time home run list. Perhaps the best reason to get out to Kauffman, though, will be the fresh new face of the Angels, Shohei Otani. It is unclear whether or not coveted Japanese phenom will receive prominent at bats, but being a four-game series, it is very likely that we will get to see him pitch at Kauffman Stadium this April.
April 24-25: Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers surprised a lot of people last summer, and have added to the club this offseason. They acquired Christian Yelich from the deprived Marlins and are still looking for a frontline starter. It will be strange to see Lorenzo Cain not wearing a Kansas City Royals jersey, but fans will surely be ready to welcome one of the heroes of our championship team home.