List of New York Mets Opening Day starting pitchers

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Tom Seaver made eleven Opening Day starts for the Mets.

The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Flushing, Queens, in New York City. 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 New York Mets have used 23 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 53 seasons. The 23 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 27 wins, 12 losses (27–12) 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.

Tom Seaver holds the Mets' record for most Opening Day starts with 11, and has an Opening Day record of 6–0. He also has the most starts in Shea Stadium, the Mets' home ballpark from 1964 through 2008. Seaver and Dwight Gooden hold the Mets' record for most Opening Day wins with six each. Al Jackson and Roger Craig share the worst winning percentage as the Opening Day starting pitcher with a record of 0–2.

From 1968 through 1983, Mets' Opening Day starting pitchers went 16 consecutive years without a loss. During this period, Tom Seaver won six starts with five no decisions, Craig Swan won two starts, and Jerry Koosman, Pat Zachry and Randy Jones won one start apiece. Furthermore, in the 31-year period from 1968 through 1998, Mets' Opening Day starting pitchers only lost two games. During that period, they won 19 games with 10 no decisions. The only losses during this period were by Mike Torrez in 1984 and by Dwight Gooden in 1990.

Overall, Mets Opening Day starting pitchers have a record of 0–1 at the Polo Grounds, a 13–5 record with four no decisions at Shea Stadium and a 2–0 record with two no decisions at Citi Field. In addition, although the Mets were nominally the home team in 2000, the game was played in Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.[3] Mike Hampton started the game in Tokyo and lost, making the Mets' Opening Day starting pitchers' combined home record 14–7, and their away record 12–5. The Mets went on to play in the World Series in 1969, 1973, 1986 and 2000, and won the 1969 and 1986 World Series championship games. Tom Seaver (1969 and 1973), Dwight Gooden (1986) and Mike Hampton (2000) were the Opening Day starting pitchers when the Mets played in the World Series, and they had a combined Opening Day record of 2–1.

Key[edit]

Shea Stadium, site of 22 Opening Day starts by New York Mets pitchers
Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Mets season.
W Win
L Loss
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Mets won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Mets lost game
Location Stadium in italics for home game
Pitcher (#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Mets
* Advanced to the post-season
** NL Champions
World Series Champions

Pitchers[edit]

Johan Santana, the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 Opening Day starter
Pedro Martínez, the 2005 Opening Day starter
Season Pitcher Decision Opponent Location Ref(s)
1962 Craig, RogerRoger Craig L St. Louis Cardinals Sportsman's Park [4]
1963 Craig, RogerRoger Craig (2) L St. Louis Cardinals Polo Grounds [5][6]
1964 Jackson, AlAl Jackson L Philadelphia Phillies Connie Mack Stadium [7]
1965 Jackson, AlAl Jackson (2) L Los Angeles Dodgers Shea Stadium [5][8]
1966 Fisher, JackJack Fisher L Atlanta Braves Shea Stadium [5][9][10]
1967 Cardwell, DonDon Cardwell L Pittsburgh Pirates Shea Stadium [5][11]
1968 Seaver, TomTom Seaver ND (L) San Francisco Giants Candlestick Park [12]
1969 Seaver, TomTom Seaver (2) ND (L) Montreal Expos Shea Stadium [5][9][13]
1970 Seaver, TomTom Seaver (3) ND (W) Pittsburgh Pirates Forbes Field [14]
1971 Seaver, TomTom Seaver (4) W Montreal Expos Shea Stadium [5][9][15]
1972 Seaver, TomTom Seaver (5) W Pittsburgh Pirates Shea Stadium [5][9][16]
1973** Seaver, TomTom Seaver (6) W Philadelphia Phillies Shea Stadium [5][9][17]
1974 Seaver, TomTom Seaver (7) ND (L) Philadelphia Phillies Veterans Stadium [18]
1975 Seaver, TomTom Seaver (8) W Philadelphia Phillies Shea Stadium [5][9][19]
1976 Seaver, TomTom Seaver (9) W Montreal Expos Jarry Park Stadium [20]
1977 Seaver, TomTom Seaver (10) W Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field [21]
1978 Koosman, JerryJerry Koosman W Montreal Expos Shea Stadium [5][22]
1979 Swan, CraigCraig Swan W Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field [23]
1980 Swan, CraigCraig Swan (2) W Chicago Cubs Shea Stadium [5][24]
1981 Zachry, PatPat Zachry W Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field [25]
1982 Jones, RandyRandy Jones W Philadelphia Phillies Veterans Stadium [26]
1983 Seaver, TomTom Seaver (11) ND (W) Philadelphia Phillies Shea Stadium [5][9][27]
1984 Torrez, MikeMike Torrez L Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium [28]
1985 Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden ND (W) St. Louis Cardinals Shea Stadium [29]
1986 Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden (2) W Pittsburgh Pirates Three Rivers Stadium [30]
1987 Ojeda, BobbyBobby Ojeda W Pittsburgh Pirates Shea Stadium [5][9][31][32]
1988* Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden (3) W Montreal Expos Olympic Stadium [33][34]
1989 Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden (4) W St. Louis Cardinals Shea Stadium [5][35][36]
1990 Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden (5) L Pittsburgh Pirates Shea Stadium [5][9][37][38]
1991 Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden (6) W Philadelphia Phillies Shea Stadium [5][39][40]
1992 Cone, DavidDavid Cone ND (W) St. Louis Cardinals Busch Memorial Stadium [41][42]
1993 Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden (7) W Colorado Rockies Shea Stadium [5][9][43][44]
1994 Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden (8) W Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field [5][45][46]
1995 Jones, BobbyBobby Jones ND (L) Colorado Rockies Coors Field [5][47][48]
1996 Jones, BobbyBobby Jones (2) ND (W) St. Louis Cardinals Shea Stadium [5][9][49][50]
1997 Harnisch, PetePete Harnisch ND (L) San Diego Padres Qualcomm Stadium [51][52]
1998 Jones, BobbyBobby Jones (3) ND (W) Philadelphia Phillies Shea Stadium [5][9][53][54]
1999* Leiter, AlAl Leiter L Florida Marlins Pro Player Stadium [55][56]
2000** Hampton, MikeMike Hampton L Chicago Cubs Tokyo Dome [3][5][57]
2001 Leiter, AlAl Leiter (2) ND (W) Atlanta Braves Turner Field [58][59]
2002 Leiter, AlAl Leiter (3) W Pittsburgh Pirates Shea Stadium [5][60][61]
2003 Glavine, TomTom Glavine L Chicago Cubs Shea Stadium [5][9][62][63]
2004 Glavine, TomTom Glavine (2) W Atlanta Braves Turner Field [64][65]
2005 Martinez, PedroPedro Martinez ND (L) Cincinnati Reds Great American Ball Park [66][67]
2006* Glavine, TomTom Glavine (3) W Washington Nationals Shea Stadium [5][68][69]
2007 Glavine, TomTom Glavine (4) W St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium [70][71]
2008 Santana, JohanJohan Santana W Florida Marlins Dolphin Stadium [72][73]
2009 Santana, JohanJohan Santana (2) W Cincinnati Reds Great American Ball Park [74]
2010 Santana, JohanJohan Santana (3) W Florida Marlins Citi Field [75]
2011 Pelfrey, MikeMike Pelfrey L Florida Marlins Sun Life Stadium [76]
2012 Santana, JohanJohan Santana (4) ND (W) Atlanta Braves Citi Field [77]
2013 Niese, JonJon Niese W San Diego Padres Citi Field [78]
2014 Gee, DillonDillon Gee ND (L) Washington Nationals Citi Field [79]

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