List of Seattle Mariners Opening Day starting pitchers

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Félix Hernández, the 2007 and 2009-2014 Opening Day starter

The Seattle Mariners are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Seattle, Washington. They play in the American 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,[1] though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day.[2] The Mariners have used 15 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 34 seasons. The 15 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 11 wins, 11 losses (11–11) and 12 no decisions.[3] No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game.

Randy Johnson and Felix Hernandez share the Mariners' record for most Opening Day starts with six, with Johnson compiling an Opening Day record of 2–0[4] and Hernandez with a record of 4–0. All of Johnson's starts were in the former home ballpark of the Mariners, the Kingdome. Jamie Moyer has the most starts in Safeco Field, the Mariners' current home ballpark, and has an Opening Day record of 1–2. Mark Langston has the worst winning percentage as the Opening Day starting pitcher with a record of 0–3, all of which were pitched on the road.[3]

Overall, the Mariners have a record of 6–4 at the Kingdome on Opening Day, compared to a 2–3 record at Safeco Field, making their combined home record 8–7, and their away record 3–4.[3] The Mariners went on to play in the American League Division Series (ALDS) playoff games in 1995, 1997 and 2001. Randy Johnson, Jeff Fassero and Freddy García were the Opening Day starting pitchers those years, and had a combined Opening Day record of 2–0.[4]

Key[edit]

Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Mariners season.
W Win
L Loss
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Mariners won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Mariners lost game
Pitcher (#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Mariners
* Advanced to the ALDS

Pitchers[edit]

Jamie Moyer, the 2000 and 2004–2006 Opening Day starter
Randy Johnson, the 1992–1996 and 1998 Opening Day starter
Season Pitcher Decision Opponent Location Ref(s)
1977 Seguí, DiegoDiego Seguí L California Angels Kingdome [3][5]
1978 Abbott, GlennGlenn Abbott W Minnesota Twins Kingdome [3][4]
1979 Abbott, GlennGlenn Abbott (2) ND (W) California Angels Kingdome [3][4]
1980 Parrott, MikeMike Parrott W Toronto Blue Jays Kingdome [3]
1981 Abbott, GlennGlenn Abbott (3) L California Angels Kingdome [3][4]
1982 Bannister, FloydFloyd Bannister W Minnesota Twins Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [3]
1983 Perry, GaylordGaylord Perry ND (W) New York Yankees Kingdome [3]
1984 Moore, MikeMike Moore ND (W) Toronto Blue Jays Kingdome [3]
1985 Moore, MikeMike Moore (2) W Oakland Athletics Kingdome [3]
1986 Moore, MikeMike Moore (3) ND (W) California Angels Kingdome [3]
1987 Langston, MarkMark Langston L California Angels Anaheim Stadium [3][4]
1988 Langston, MarkMark Langston (2) L Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [3][4]
1989 Langston, MarkMark Langston (3) L Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [3][4]
1990 Holman, BrianBrian Holman W California Angels Kingdome [3]
1991 Hanson, ErikErik Hanson L California Angels Kingdome [3]
1992 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson ND (L) Texas Rangers Kingdome [3]
1993 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson (2) W Toronto Blue Jays Kingdome [3]
1994 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson (3) ND (L) Cleveland Indians Jacobs Field [6]
1995* Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson (4) W Detroit Tigers Kingdome [3]
1996 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson (5) ND (W) Chicago White Sox Kingdome [3][7]
1997* Fassero, JeffJeff Fassero W New York Yankees Kingdome [8]
1998 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson (6) ND (L) Cleveland Indians Kingdome [9]
1999 Fassero, JeffJeff Fassero (2) L Chicago White Sox Kingdome [3]
2000 Moyer, JamieJamie Moyer L Boston Red Sox Safeco Field [10]
2001* García, FreddyFreddy García ND (W) Oakland Athletics Safeco Field [3][4]
2002 García, FreddyFreddy García (2) L Chicago White Sox Safeco Field [11]
2003 García, FreddyFreddy García (3) L Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [3][4]
2004 Moyer, JamieJamie Moyer (2) L Anaheim Angels Safeco Field [4]
2005 Moyer, JamieJamie Moyer (3) W Minnesota Twins Safeco Field [12]
2006 Moyer, JamieJamie Moyer (4) ND (L) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Safeco Field [13]
2007 Hernández, FélixFélix Hernández W Oakland Athletics Safeco Field [14]
2008 Bédard, ÉrikÉrik Bédard ND (W) Texas Rangers Safeco Field [15][16]
2009 Hernández, FélixFélix Hernández (2) W Minnesota Twins Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [17]
2010 Hernández, FélixFélix Hernández (3) ND (W) Oakland Athletics Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum [18]
2011 Hernández, FélixFélix Hernández (4) W Oakland Athletics Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum [19]
2012 Hernández, FélixFélix Hernández (5) ND (W) Oakland Athletics Tokyo Dome [20]
2013 Hernández, FélixFélix Hernández (6) W Oakland Athletics Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum [21]

References[edit]

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