List of Oakland Athletics Opening Day starting pitchers

List of Oakland Athletics Opening Day starting pitchers

For the Opening Day starting pitchers prior to 1968, see List of Philadelphia and Kansas City Athletics Opening Day starting pitchers.

The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Oakland, California. They play in the American League West division. The club was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1901, moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1955 and relocated to Oakland in 1968.[1] 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 given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season.[2]

Since their arrival in Oakland, the A's home field has been the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, a multi-purpose stadium that has also been used for football, and soccer games. Commonly referred to as The Oakland Coliseum, or simply The Coliseum, it was formally known as Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (1966–1998, Present), Network Associates Coliseum (1998–2004) and McAfee Coliseum (2004–2008).[3][4][5] The A's played their 1996 Opening Day game at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Nevada while repairs at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum were being completed, the first time in 39 years that a major league team played in a minor-league ballpark.[6]

In Oakland, the A's have used 26 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 44 seasons. The 26 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 14 wins, 16 losses and 14 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game or if the starting pitcher pitches fewer than five innings. Of the 14 no decisions, the A's went on to win six and lose eight of those games, for a team record on Opening Day of 20 wins and 24 losses.[7]

Since it moved to Oakland, the team has played 25 of their Opening Day games at home: 23 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and one each in Las Vegas and Tokyo. Of the 24 games played in Oakland, the A's starting pitchers have a record of 8 wins, 7 losses and 10 no decisions (the team won six and lost four of these no decisions). The 1996 game at Cashman Field was a loss for starter Carlos Reyes and the 2008 game in the Tokyo Dome was a no decision for starter Joe Blanton that ended in an A's loss. Overall, the team's starting pitchers' record in home games is 8–8 (with ten no decisions).[7]

The A's have advanced to the playoffs 15 times while in Oakland, winning the American League Championship Series six times and going on to win the World Series in 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1989. In the 15 seasons that the A's advanced to the playoffs, the teams Opening Day starting pitchers have had a record of eight wins, three losses and two no decisions; the team ultimately won three and lost one of the no decisions. The team's starters won four and lost one Opening Day game in the six seasons they advanced to the World Series.[7]

Catfish Hunter was the team's first Opening Day starter after the team moved to Oakland, taking a 3–1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Memorial Stadium in 1968.[7][8]

Key

Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Athletics season.
W Win
L Loss
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Athletics won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Athletics lost game
Final Score (#) Game score with Athletics runs listed first;
in brackets are the number of innings over than 9
Location Stadium in bold for home game
Pitcher (#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Athletics
* Advanced to the post-season
** Won the American League Championship Series
*** World Series Champions

Opening Day results

Season Pitcher Decision Final
score
Opponent Location Attendance Ref.[7]
1968 Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter L 1–3 Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium 22,050 [8]
1969 Odom, Blue MoonBlue Moon Odom W 5–2 Chicago White Sox Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 23,610 [9]
1970 Odom, Blue MoonBlue Moon Odom (2) W 6–4 Kansas City Royals Municipal Stadium 18,127 [10]
1971* Blue, VidaVida Blue L 0–8 Washington Senators Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 45,061 [11]
1972*** Holtzman, KenKen Holtzman ND (W) 4–3 Minnesota Twins Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 9,912 [12]
1973*** Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter (2) L 3–8 Minnesota Twins Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 38,207 [13]
1974*** Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter (3) W 7–2 Oakland Athletics Arlington Stadium 21,907 [14]
1975 Blue, VidaVida Blue (2) W 3–2 Chicago White Sox Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 17,477 [15]
1976 Torrez, MikeMike Torrez W 5–2 California Angels Angel Stadium 30,194 [16]
1977 Torrez, MikeMike Torrez (2) W 7–2 Minnesota Twins Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 12,562 [17]
1978 Langford, RickRick Langford L 0–1 California Angels Angel Stadium 28,194 [18]
1979 Langford, RickRick Langford (2) L 3–5 Minnesota Twins Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 10,387 [19]
1980 Langford, RickRick Langford (3) ND (L) 7–9 Minnesota Twins Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 33,196 [20]
1981 Norris, MikeMike Norris W 5–1 Minnesota Twins Metropolitan Stadium 42,658 [21]
1982 Langford, RickRick Langford (4) ND (W) 3–2 (11) California Angels Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 51,513 [22]
1983 Langford, RickRick Langford (5) L 5–3 Cleveland Indians Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 34,831 [23]
1984 McCatty, SteveSteve McCatty ND (W) 6–5 Milwaukee Brewers Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 45,398 [24]
1985 Codiroli, ChrisChris Codiroli L 3–6 Seattle Mariners Kingdome 37,161 [25]
1986 Codiroli, ChrisChris Codiroli (2) L 2–3 Cleveland Indians Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 44,726 [26]
1987 Young, CurtCurt Young ND (L) 4–5 Minnesota Twins Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 43,548 [27]
1988** Stewart, DaveDave Stewart W 4–1 Seattle Mariners Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 45,333 [28]
1989*** Stewart, DaveDave Stewart (2) W 3–2 Seattle Mariners Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 46,163 [29]
1990** Stewart, DaveDave Stewart (3) W 8–3 Minnesota Twins Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 48,219 [30]
1991 Stewart, DaveDave Stewart (4) W 7–2 Minnesota Twins Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 44,373 [31]
1992* Stewart, DaveDave Stewart (5) ND (W) 5–3 Kansas City Royals Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 44,078 [32]
1993 Welch, BobBob Welch W 9–4 Detroit Tigers Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 43,370 [33]
1994 Witt, BobbyBobby Witt ND (L) 7–11 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee County Stadium 52,012 [34]
1995 Stewart, DaveDave Stewart (6) L 1–13 Toronto Blue Jays SkyDome 50,426 [35]
1996 Reyes, CarlosCarlos Reyes L 6–9 Toronto Blue Jays Cashman Field 7,294 [36]
1997 Prieto, ArielAriel Prieto ND (L) 7–9 Toronto Blue Jays Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 41,235 [37]
1998 Candiotti, TomTom Candiotti L 0–2 Boston Red Sox Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 36,915 [38]
1999 Heredia, GilGil Heredia L 5–11 Detroit Tigers Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 46,650 [39]
2000* Appier, KevinKevin Appier ND (W) 5–3 New York Yankees Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 46,380 [40]
2001* Hudson, TimTim Hudson ND (L) 4–5 Seattle Mariners Safeco Field 45,911 [41]
2002* Mulder, MarkMark Mulder W 8–3 Texas Rangers Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 43,908 [42]
2003* Hudson, TimTim Hudson (2) W 5–0 Seattle Mariners Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 41,723 [43]
2004 Hudson, TimTim Hudson (3) ND (W) 5–4 Texas Rangers Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 45,122 [44]
2005 Zito, BarryBarry Zito L 0–4 Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards 48,271 [45]
2006* Zito, BarryBarry Zito (2) L 2–15 New York Yankees Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 35,077 [46]
2007 Haren, DanDan Haren L 0–4 Seattle Mariners Safeco Field 46,003 [47]
2008 Blanton, JoeJoe Blanton ND (L) 5–6 Boston Red Sox Tokyo Dome 44,628 [48]
2009 Braden, DallasDallas Braden L 0–3 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Angel Stadium of Anaheim 43,220 [49]
2010 Sheets, BenBen Sheets ND (L) 3–5 Seattle Mariners Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 30,686 [50]
2011 Cahill, TrevorTrevor Cahill ND (L) 2–6 Seattle Mariners Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 36,067 [51]
2012 McCarthy, BrandonBrandon McCarthy ND (L) 1–3 Seattle Mariners Tokyo Dome 44,227 [52]
2013 }, Brett Anderson}|Brett Anderson }]] L 0–2 Seattle Mariners O.co Coliseum 36,067 [53]

Pitchers

Opening Day starting pitchers listed in descending order by the number of Opening Day starts for the A's in Oakland:

Pitcher Starts Wins Losses No Decisions Winning % Seasons
Stewart, DaveDave Stewart 6 4 1 1 0.800 1988,[28] 1989,[29] 1990,[30] 1991,[31] 1992,[32] 1995[35]
Langford, RickRick Langford 5 0 3 2 0.000 1978,[18] 1979,[19] 1980,[20] 1982,[22] 1983[23]
Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter[a] 3 1 2 0 0.333 1968,[8] 1973,[13] 1974[14]
Hudson, TimTim Hudson 3 1 0 2 1.000 2001,[41] 2003,[43] 2004[44]
Odom, Blue MoonBlue Moon Odom 2 2 0 0 1.000 1969,[9] 1970[10]
Blue, VidaVida Blue 2 1 1 0 0.500 1971,[11] 1975[15]
Torrez, MikeMike Torrez 2 2 0 0 1.000 1976,[16] 1977[17]
Zito, BarryBarry Zito 2 0 2 0 0.000 2005,[45] 2006[46]
Codiroli, ChrisChris Codiroli 2 0 2 0 0.000 1985,[25] 1986[26]
Holtzman, KenKen Holtzman 1 0 0 1 0.000 1972[12]
Norris, MikeMike Norris 1 1 0 0 1.000 1981[21]
McCatty, SteveSteve McCatty 1 0 0 1 0.000 1984[24]
Young, CurtCurt Young 1 0 0 1 0.000 1987[27]
Welch, BobBob Welch 1 1 0 0 1.000 1993[33]
Witt, BobbyBobby Witt 1 0 0 1 0.000 1994[34]
Reyes, CarlosCarlos Reyes 1 0 1 0 0.000 1996[36]
Prieto, ArielAriel Prieto 1 0 0 1 0.000 1997[37]
Candiotti, TomTom Candiotti 1 0 1 0 0.000 1998[38]
Heredia, GilGil Heredia 1 0 1 0 0.000 1999[39]
Appier, KevinKevin Appier 1 0 0 1 0.000 2000[40]
Mulder, MarkMark Mulder 1 1 0 0 1.000 2002[42]
Haren, DannyDanny Haren 1 0 1 0 0.000 2007[47]
Blanton, JoeJoe Blanton 1 0 0 1 0.000 2008[48]
Braden, DallasDallas Braden 1 0 1 0 0.000 2009[49]
Sheets, BenBen Sheets 1 0 0 1 0.000 2010[50]
Cahill, TrevorTrevor Cahill 1 0 0 1 0.000 2011[51]
McCarthy, BrandonBrandon McCarthy 1 0 0 1 0.000 2012[52]
Anderson, BrettBrett Anderson 1 0 1 0 0.000 2013[52]

Footnotes

  • a Catfish Hunter also had one Opening Day start for the Kansas City Athletics in 1966, giving him a total of four Opening Day starts with the franchise. Hunter got the loss in his Opening Day start in 1966.[54]

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