List of San Francisco Giants Opening Day starting pitchers

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Barry Zito was the San Francisco Giants' Opening Day starting pitcher in 2007 and 2008.

The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball franchise based in San Francisco, California. They moved to San Francisco from New York City in 1958.[1] They play in the National League West 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,[2] though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day.[3] Through 2016, the Giants have used 30 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 58 seasons since moving to San Francisco. The 30 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 27 wins, 16 losses and 16 no decisions.[4] No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game.[5]

The first Opening Day game for the San Francisco Giants was played against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 15, 1958 at Seals Stadium, the Giants' first home ball park in San Francisco.[6] Rubén Gómez was the Giants' Opening Day starting pitcher that day, in a game the Giants lost 8–0.[6] That was the Giants' only Opening Day game at Seals Stadium. They also played in two other home parks in San Francisco: Candlestick Park from 1960 to 1999, and AT&T Park, previously called PacBell Park and SBC Park, since 2000.[7] The Giants' Opening Day starting pitchers had a record of seven wins, three losses and seven no decisions at Candlestick Park and have a record of two wins, one loss and one no decision at AT&T Park. That gives the San Francisco Giants' Opening Day starting pitchers a total home record of 10 wins, 4 losses and 8 no decisions. Their record in Opening Day road games is 17 wins, 12 losses, and 8 no decisions.[4]

Juan Marichal holds the San Francisco Giants' record for most Opening Day starts, with 10.[4] Marichal had a record in Opening Day starts of six wins, two losses and two no decisions. Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner each made four Opening Day starts for the Giants, and John Montefusco, Mike Krukow, John Burkett and Liván Hernández each made three Opening Day starts. Sam Jones, Vida Blue, Rick Reuschel, Mark Gardner, Kirk Rueter, Jason Schmidt and Barry Zito have each made two Opening Day starts for the Giants.[4][8][9] Marichal has the most wins in Opening Day starts for San Francisco, with six. Reuschel and Burkett are the only pitchers to have won more than one Opening Day start for San Francisco without a loss. Both have records in Opening Day starts of two wins and no losses. Burkett also has a no decision. Zito has the worst record for San Francisco in Opening Day starts, with no wins and two losses. Zito and Marichal have the most losses in Opening Day starts, with two apiece.[4] The Giants have played in the World Series six times since moving to San Francisco, in 1962, 1989, 2002, 2010, 2012 and 2014, winning in 2010, 2012 and 2014.[10] Their Opening Day starting pitchers in those years were Juan Marichal in 1962, Rick Reuschel in 1989, Liván Hernández in 2002, Tim Lincecum in 2010 and 2012, and Madison Bumgarner in 2014.[4] The Giants' Opening Day starting pitchers won four of their six Opening Day starts in those seasons, with their only loss coming in 2012 and a no decision in 2014.[4]

Key

AT&T Park, formerly called Pac Bell Park and SBC Park, has been the Giants' home field since 2000 and has been the site of three Opening Day games through 2008.
Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Giants season.
W Win
L Loss
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Giants won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Giants lost game
Location Stadium in italics for home game
Pitcher (#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Giants
* Advanced to the post-season
** NL Champions
World Series Champions

Pitchers

Tim Lincecum was the Giants' Opening Day starting pitcher in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Kirk Rueter was the Giants' Opening Day starting pitcher in 2003 and 2004.
Jason Schmidt was the Giants' Opening Day starting pitcher in 2005 and 2006.
Season Pitcher Decision Final
score
Opponent Location Ref(s)
1958 Rubén Gómez W 8–0 Los Angeles Dodgers Seals Stadium [6]
1959 Johnny Antonelli[a] W 6–5 St. Louis Cardinals Sportsman's Park [11]
1960 Sam Jones W 3–1 St. Louis Cardinals Candlestick Park [12]
1961 Sam Jones (2) ND (L) 7–8 Pittsburgh Pirates Candlestick Park [13]
1962** Juan Marichal W 6–0 Milwaukee Braves Candlestick Park [14]
1963 Jack Sanford W 9–2 Houston Colt .45's Colt Stadium [15]
1964 Juan Marichal (2) W 8–4 Milwaukee Braves Candlestick Park [16]
1965 Juan Marichal (3) L 0–1 Pittsburgh Pirates Forbes Field [17]
1966 Juan Marichal (4) W 9–1 Chicago Cubs Candlestick Park [18]
1967 Juan Marichal (5) L 0–6 St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium [19]
1968 Juan Marichal (6) ND (W) 5–4 New York Mets Candlestick Park [20]
1969 Juan Marichal (7) ND (L) 4–5 Atlanta Braves Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium [21]
1970 Gaylord Perry L 5–8 Houston Astros Candlestick Park [22]
1971* Juan Marichal (8) W 4–0 San Diego Padres San Diego Stadium [23]
1972 Juan Marichal (9) W 5–0 Houston Astros Astrodome [24]
1973 Juan Marichal (10) W 4–1 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium [25]
1974 Tom Bradley W 5–1 Houston Astros Candlestick Park [26]
1975 Jim Barr W 2–0 San Diego Padres San Diego Stadium [27]
1976 John Montefusco W 4–2 Los Angeles Dodgers Candlestick Park [28]
1977 John Montefusco (2) L 1–5 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [29]
1978 John Montefusco (3) ND (L) 2–3 San Diego Padres Candlestick Park [30]
1979 Vida Blue W 11–5 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium [31]
1980 Bob Knepper L 4–6 San Diego Padres San Diego Stadium [32]
1981 Vida Blue (2) ND (L) 1–4 San Diego Padres Candlestick Park [33]
1982 Al Holland ND (L) 3–4 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [34]
1983 Mike Krukow L 13–16 San Diego Padres Candlestick Park [35]
1984 Mark Davis L 3–5 Chicago Cubs Candlestick Park [36]
1985 Atlee Hammaker ND (W) 4–3 San Diego Padres Candlestick Park [37]
1986 Mike Krukow (2) W 8–3 Houston Astros Astrodome [38]
1987* Mike Krukow (3) ND (W) 4–3 San Diego Padres Candlestick Park [39]
1988 Dave Dravecky W 5–1 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [40]
1989** Rick Reuschel W 5–3 San Diego Padres Jack Murphy Stadium [41]
1990 Rick Reuschel (2) W 8–0 Atlanta Braves Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium [42]
1991 John Burkett ND (L) 4–7 San Diego Padres Jack Murphy Stadium [43]
1992 Bill Swift W 8–1 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [44]
1993 John Burkett (2) W 2–1 St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium [45]
1994 John Burkett (3) W 8–0 Pittsburgh Pirates Candlestick Park [46]
1995 Terry Mulholland L 5–12 Atlanta Braves Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium [47]
1996 Mark Leiter L 8–10 Atlanta Braves Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium [48]
1997* Mark Gardner ND (L) 2–5 Pittsburgh Pirates Candlestick Park [49]
1998 Shawn Estes ND (W) 9–4 Houston Astros Astrodome [50]
1999 Mark Gardner (2) ND (W) 11–8 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium [51]
2000* Liván Hernández L 4–6 Florida Marlins Dolphin Stadium [52]
2001 Liván Hernández (2) W 3–2 San Diego Padres Pac Bell Park [53]
2002** Liván Hernández (3) W 9–2 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [54][55]
2003* Kirk Rueter ND (W) 5–2 San Diego Padres Qualcomm Stadium [56][57]
2004 Kirk Rueter (2) ND (W) 5–4 Houston Astros Minute Maid Park [58][59]
2005 Jason Schmidt W 4–2 Los Angeles Dodgers SBC Park [60][61]
2006 Jason Schmidt (2) L 1–6 San Diego Padres Petco Park [62][63]
2007 Barry Zito L 0–7 San Diego Padres AT&T Park [64][65]
2008 Barry Zito (2) L 0–5 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [66][67]
2009 Tim Lincecum ND (W) 10–6 Milwaukee Brewers AT&T Park [8]
2010 Tim Lincecum (2) W 5–2 Houston Astros Minute Maid Park [9]
2011 Tim Lincecum (3) L 1–2 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [68]
2012 Tim Lincecum (4) L 4–5 Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field [69]
2013 Matt Cain ND (L) 0–4 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [70]
2014 Madison Bumgarner ND (W) 9–8 Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field [71]
2015 Madison Bumgarner (2) W 5–4 Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field [72]
2016 Madison Bumgarner (3) W 12–3 Milwaukee Brewers Miller Park [73]
2017 Madison Bumgarner (4) ND (L) 5–6 Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field [74]
2018 Ty Blach W 1–0 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [75]

Footnotes

  • a Johnny Antonelli had one Opening Day start for the San Francisco Giants in 1959. He also had three Opening Day starts for the New York Giants, in 1955, 1956 and 1957, giving him a total of four Opening Day starts for the Giants' franchise.[11][76][77][78]

References

General

"San Francisco Giants Opening Day Starters and Results". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2009-01-04.

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