List of Miami Marlins Opening Day starting pitchers

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The Miami Marlins are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Miami, Florida. They play in the National League East division. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season,[1] though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day.[2] The Marlins have used 15 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 25 seasons. Since the Marlins' first season in 1993, the 15 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 11 wins and 12 losses with two no-decisions. Notably, no Marlins Opening Day starter received a no-decision until the team's 24th season in 2016.[3][4][5] No-decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game.[6]

Eight Marlins pitchers have started on two or more Opening Days.[3] Those eight are Charlie Hough, Kevin Brown, Alex Fernandez, Ryan Dempster, Josh Beckett, Dontrelle Willis, Josh Johnson, and Ricky Nolasco.[3] Beckett holds the record for most Opening Day starts as a Marlin, with three appearances, from 2003 to 2005.[3] When playing at their original home field, the venue now known as Hard Rock Stadium, the Marlins had a record of nine wins and five losses (9–5).[3] At their current home of Marlins Park, Opening Day pitchers have a record of 1–2 with one no-decision.[3] In the franchise's history, Florida has only played Opening Day games at another team's home stadium seven times.[3] As the away team, Marlins' starting pitchers have an Opening Day record of 1–5 with one no-decision.[3]

The longest ever Opening Day winning streak for Marlins starting pitchers is four years, when Florida won from 1997 to 2000 under starting pitchers Kevin Brown (1997), Liván Hernández (1998), and Alex Fernandez (1999 and 2000).[3] This streak was sandwiched by the Marlins' two longest Opening Day losing streaks for starting pitchers, each at three losses. The first was in 1994, 1995, and 1996 under starting pitchers Charlie Hough (1994), John Burkett (1995), and Kevin Brown (1996); the second was in 2001, 2002, and 2003 under Ryan Dempster (2001 and 2002) and Josh Beckett (2003)[3] The Marlins have won the World Series twice, in 1997 and 2003, and in those seasons, their starting pitchers had one win and one loss on Opening Day.[3]

Key

Ricky Nolasco, the 2009 opening day starter
Mark Hendrickson, the 2008 Opening Day starter
Dontrelle Willis, the 2006 and 2007 Opening Day starter
Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Marlins season.
W Win
L Loss
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Marlins won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Marlins lost game
Pitcher (#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Marlins
* World Series Champions

Pitchers

Season Pitcher Decision Opponent Location Ref(s)
1993 Hough, CharlieCharlie Hough W Los Angeles Dodgers Joe Robbie Stadium [3]
1994 Hough, CharlieCharlie Hough (2) L Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [3]
1995 Burkett, JohnJohn Burkett L Los Angeles Dodgers Joe Robbie Stadium [3]
1996 Brown, KevinKevin Brown L Pittsburgh Pirates Joe Robbie Stadium [3]
1997* Brown, KevinKevin Brown (2) W Chicago Cubs Pro Player Stadium [3]
1998 Hernández, LivánLiván Hernández W Chicago Cubs Pro Player Stadium [3]
1999 Fernandez, AlexAlex Fernandez W New York Mets Pro Player Stadium [3]
2000 Fernandez, AlexAlex Fernandez (2) W San Francisco Giants Pro Player Stadium [3]
2001 Dempster, RyanRyan Dempster L Philadelphia Phillies Pro Player Stadium [3]
2002 Dempster, RyanRyan Dempster (2) L Montreal Expos Olympic Stadium [3][7]
2003* Beckett, JoshJosh Beckett L Philadelphia Phillies Pro Player Stadium [3][8]
2004 Beckett, JoshJosh Beckett (2) W Montreal Expos Pro Player Stadium [3][9]
2005 Beckett, JoshJosh Beckett (3) W Atlanta Braves Dolphins Stadium [3][10]
2006 Willis, DontrelleDontrelle Willis L Houston Astros Minute Maid Park [3][11]
2007 Willis, DontrelleDontrelle Willis (2) W Washington Nationals Robert F. Kennedy Stadium [3][12]
2008 Hendrickson, MarkMark Hendrickson L New York Mets Dolphin Stadium [13]
2009 Nolasco, RickyRicky Nolasco W Washington Nationals Dolphin Stadium [4]
2010 Johnson, JoshJosh Johnson L New York Mets Citi Field [5]
2011 Johnson, JoshJosh Johnson (2) W New York Mets Sun Life Stadium [5]
2012 Johnson, JoshJosh Johnson (3) L St. Louis Cardinals Marlins Park [5]
2013 Nolasco, RickyRicky Nolasco (2) L Washington Nationals Nationals Park [3]
2014 Fernández, JoséJosé Fernández W Colorado Rockies Marlins Park [3]
2015 Alvarez, HendersonHenderson Álvarez L Atlanta Braves Marlins Park [3]
2016 Chen, Wei-YinWei-Yin Chen ND (L) Detroit Tigers Marlins Park [3]
2017 VolquezEdinson Vólquez ND (L) Washington Nationals Nationals Park [3][14]

References

  1. ^ Bastian, Jordan (March 22, 2010). "Marcum tapped for Jays' Opening Day". MLB.com. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ Dilbeck, Steve (February 24, 2014). "Dodgers may not start Clayton Kershaw in Sydney". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae "Miami Marlins Opening Day Starters and Results". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Florida 12, Washington 6". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  5. ^ a b c d "NY Mets 7, Florida 1". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  6. ^ "Official Rules – The Official Scorer". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  7. ^ "Expos 7, Marlins 6". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  8. ^ "Bell, Thome and Millwood off to solid starts". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Choi marks Marlins debut with career-high 3 RBI". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  10. ^ "Smoltz allows first-inning grand slam in return to rotation". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  11. ^ "Oswalt, Lidge combine to five-hit Marlins". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  12. ^ "Cabrera's four RBI carry Marlins past Nats". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  13. ^ "Santana K's eight in seven innings as Mets roll". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  14. ^ "Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals Box Score, April 3, 2017". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
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