List of San Diego Padres Opening Day starting pitchers

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Jake Peavy, the Opening Day starting pitcher 2006–09

The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in San Diego, California. They play in the National League West division. The Padres first played their home games at San Diego Stadium, now called Qualcomm Stadium, and formerly called Jack Murphy Stadium, until 2003, when they moved into PETCO Park.[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 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] The Padres have used 24 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 42 seasons. The 24 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 15 wins, 14 losses and 13 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.

The Padres' first Opening Day starting pitcher was Dick Selma, who received a win against the Houston Astros. Randy Jones, Eric Show and Jake Peavy tie the Padres' record for most Opening Day starts with four. Peavy has the most consecutive Opening Day starts with four (20062009). Jones and Andy Benes each have had three consecutive Opening Day starts. Benes has the most consecutive Opening Day losses with three from 1993 to 1995.

Overall, the Padres' Opening Day starting pitchers have a record of eight wins and five losses at, what was now known, Qualcomm Stadium, and two wins and one loss at PETCO Park. In addition, although the Padres were nominally the home team on Opening Day 1999, the game was played in Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.[4] The Padres' Opening Day starting pitchers' combined home record is eleven wins and six losses, and their away record is four wins and eight losses. The Padres went on to play in the MLB post-season five times, winning the National League Championship Series (NLCS) in 1984 and 1998.[5] In those five seasons, the Opening Day starting pitchers had a combined record of three wins and 0 losses.

Key[edit]

PETCO Park, the team's home stadium since 2004
Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Padres season.
W Win
L Loss
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Padres won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Padres lost game
Final score (#) Game score with Padres runs listed first;
extra innings are in brackets
Location Stadium in bold for home game
Pitcher (#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Padres
* Advanced to the post-season
** Won the National League Championship Series

Pitchers[edit]

Andy Benes, the Opening Day starting pitcher in 1993, 1994, and 1995
Season Pitcher Decision Final
score
Opponent Location Attendance Ref.[6][7]
1969 Selma, DickDick Selma W 2–1 Houston Astros San Diego Stadium 23,370 [8]
1970 Dobson, PatPat Dobson W 8–3 Atlanta Braves San Diego Stadium 25,125 [9]
1971 Phoebus, TomTom Phoebus L 0–4 San Francisco Giants San Diego Stadium 34,554 [10]
1972 Kirby, ClayClay Kirby W 6–5 Atlanta Braves San Diego Stadium 16,655 [11]
1973 Kirby, ClayClay Kirby (2) W 4–2 Los Angeles Dodgers San Diego Stadium 32,019 [12]
1974 Greif, BillBill Greif L 0–8 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium 31,566 [13]
1975 Jones, RandyRandy Jones ND (L) 0–2 (10) San Francisco Giants San Diego Stadium 17,670 [14]
1976 Jones, RandyRandy Jones (2) W 8–2 Atlanta Braves San Diego Stadium 44,728 [15]
1977 Jones, RandyRandy Jones (3) L 3–5 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium 51,937 [16]
1978 Perry, GaylordGaylord Perry ND (W) 3–2 San Francisco Giants Candlestick Park 36,131 [17]
1979 Perry, GaylordGaylord Perry (2) W 4–3 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium 46,536 [18]
1980 Jones, RandyRandy Jones (4) W 6–4 San Francisco Giants San Diego Stadium 29,535 [19]
1981 Curtis, JohnJohn Curtis ND (W) 4–1 San Francisco Giants Candlestick Park 54,520 [20]
1982 Eichelberger, JuanJuan Eichelberger L 0–1 Atlanta Braves Jack Murphy Stadium 30,188 [21]
1983 Lollar, TimTim Lollar W 16–13 San Francisco Giants Candlestick Park 50,542 [22]
1984** Show, EricEric Show W 5–1 Pittsburgh Pirates Jack Murphy Stadium 44,553 [23]
1985 Hoyt, LaMarrLaMarr Hoyt ND (L) 3–4 San Francisco Giants Candlestick Park 52,714 [24]
1986 Show, EricEric Show (2) L 1–2 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium 49,444 [25]
1987 Show, EricEric Show (3) ND (L) 3–4 (12) San Francisco Giants Candlestick Park 52,020 [26]
1988 Whitson, EdEd Whitson ND (L) 3–6 Houston Astros Astrodome 39,906 [27]
1989 Show, EricEric Show (4) L 3–5 San Francisco Giants Jack Murphy Stadium 52,763 [28]
1990 Hurst, BruceBruce Hurst L 2–4 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium 48,686 [29]
1991 Whitson, EdEd Whitson (2) ND (W) 7–4 San Francisco Giants Jack Murphy Stadium 48,089 [30]
1992 Hurst, BruceBruce Hurst (2) ND (W) 4–3 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium 55,356 [31]
1993 Benes, AndyAndy Benes L 4–9 Pittsburgh Pirates Three Rivers Stadium 44,103 [32]
1994 Benes, AndyAndy Benes (2) L 1–4 Atlanta Braves Jack Murphy Stadium 42,251 [33]
1995 Benes, AndyAndy Benes (3) L 2–10 Houston Astros Jack Murphy Stadium 41,961 [34]
1996* Ashby, AndyAndy Ashby ND (L) 4–5 (10) Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field 38,734 [35]
1997 Hamilton, JoeyJoey Hamilton W 12–5 New York Mets Jack Murphy Stadium 43,005 [36]
1998** Brown, KevinKevin Brown W 10–2 Cincinnati Reds Cinergy Field 54,578 [37]
1999 Ashby, AndyAndy Ashby (2) L 2–8 Colorado Rockies Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey 27,104 [4]
2000 Hitchcock, SterlingSterling Hitchcock ND (L) 1–2 New York Mets Shea Stadium 52,308 [38]
2001 Williams, WoodyWoody Williams L 2–3 San Francisco Giants Pacific Bell Park 40,930 [39]
2002 Jarvis, KevinKevin Jarvis ND (W) 0–2 Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field 47,025 [40]
2003 Lawrence, BrianBrian Lawrence ND (L) 2–5 San Francisco Giants Qualcomm Stadium 61,707 [41]
2004 Lawrence, BrianBrian Lawrence (2) W 8–2 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium 53,850 [42]
2005* Williams, WoodyWoody Williams (2) ND (L) 10–12 Colorado Rockies Coors Field 47,661 [43]
2006* Peavy, JakeJake Peavy W 6–1 San Francisco Giants PETCO Park 43,767 [44]
2007 Peavy, JakeJake Peavy (2) W 7–0 San Francisco Giants AT&T Park 42,773 [45]
2008 Peavy, JakeJake Peavy (3) W 4–0 Houston Astros PETCO Park 44,965 [46]
2009 Peavy, JakeJake Peavy (4) L 1–4 Los Angeles Dodgers PETCO Park 45,496 [47]
2010 Garland, JonJon Garland L 3–6 Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field [48]
2011 Stauffer, TimTim Stauffer ND (W) 5–3 St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium 46,368 [49]
2012 Volquez, EdinsonEdinson Volquez L 3–5 Los Angeles Dodgers PETCO Park 42,941 [50]
2013 Volquez, EdinsonEdinson Volquez (2) L 2–11 New York Mets Citi Field 41,053 [51]
2014 Cashner, AndrewAndrew Cashner ND (W) 3–1 Los Angeles Dodgers PETCO Park 45,567 [52]

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