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List of Baltimore Orioles Opening Day starting pitchers

For the Opening Day starting pitchers prior to 1954, see List of St. Louis Browns Opening Day starting pitchers.

The Baltimore Orioles are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Baltimore, Maryland. They play in the American League East division. The Orioles started playing in Baltimore in 1954, after moving from St. Louis, where they were known as the St. Louis Browns.[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] The Orioles have used 33 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 60 seasons since moving to Baltimore. The 33 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 22 wins, 18 losses and 17 no decisions.[3][4][5][6] No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game.[7]

The first Opening Day for the Orioles was played in Detroit against the Detroit Tigers on April 13, 1954.[4][8] Don Larsen was the Orioles' Opening Day starting pitcher that day, in a game the Orioles lost 3–0.[4][8] Jim Palmer and Mike Mussina have made the most Opening Day starts for the Baltimore Orioles, with six apiece. Palmer has a record of five wins and one loss in his Opening Day starts, and Mussina has a record of three wins, two losses and one no decision. Dave McNally made five Opening Day starts for the Orioles, with a record of three wins and no losses. Other Oriole pitchers who have made multiple Opening Day starts are Steve Barber, Rodrigo López, and Jeremy Guthrie, with three apiece, and Milt Pappas, Dennis Martínez, Mike Flanagan, Mike Boddicker, and Rick Sutcliffe, with two apiece. Flanagan's two Opening Day starts occurred eight years apart, in 1978 and 1986.[3]

Palmer has the most Opening Day wins for the Orioles, with five. McNally's record of three wins and no losses in Opening Day starts gave him a 1.000 winning percentage, the highest in Orioles history. Flanagan's record of no wins and two losses is the lowest winning percentage of any Orioles' Opening Day starting pitcher. Flanagan and Mussina are the only pitchers to have two losses for the Orioles in Opening Day starts.[3]

The Orioles have played in two home ballparks. Memorial Stadium was their home park until 1991, and Camden Yards has been their home park since 1992. Orioles' Opening Day starting pitchers had a record of eight wins, eight losses and eight no decisions in 24 Opening Day starts in Memorial Stadium. They have a record of ten wins, four losses and two no decisions in 15 Opening Day starts at Camden Yards. This makes their aggregate record in Opening Day starts at home 18 wins, 12 losses and 10 no decisions. Their record in Opening Day starts on the road is four wins, six losses and seven no decisions, for an aggregate Opening Day record of 22 wins, 18 losses and 16 no decisions.[3][4][5][6][8][9][10] The Orioles played in the World Series in 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1979 and 1983, winning in 1966, 1970 and 1983.[11] Their Opening Day starting pitchers in those years were Steve Barber (1966), Dave McNally (1969, 1970 and 1971), Jim Palmer (1979) and Dennis Martínez (1983).[3]

Key

Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Orioles season.
W Win
L Loss
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Orioles won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Orioles lost game
Final
Score
Game score with Orioles runs listed first
Location Stadium in italics for home game
Pitcher (#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Orioles
* Advanced to the post-season
** AL Champions
World Series Champions

Pitchers



Season Pitcher Decision Final
score
Opponent Location Ref(s)
1954 Larsen, DonDon Larsen L 0–3 Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [3][4][8][12]
1955 Kretlow, LouLou Kretlow L 5–12 Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [3][5][9][13]
1956 Wight, BillBill Wight L 1–8 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [14]
1957 Brown, HalHal Brown ND (W) 7–6 Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [15]
1958 Johnson, ConnieConnie Johnson ND (W) 6–1 Washington Senators Memorial Stadium [16]
1959 Harshman, JackJack Harshman L 2–9 Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [17]
1960 Walker, JerryJerry Walker ND (W) 3–2 Washington Senators Memorial Stadium [18]
1961 Pappas, MiltMilt Pappas L 2–7 Los Angeles Angels Memorial Stadium [19]
1962 Hoeft, BillyBilly Hoeft ND (L) 6–7 New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [20]
1963 Barber, SteveSteve Barber W 3–1 Washington Senators District of Columbia Stadium [21]
1964 Pappas, MiltMilt Pappas (2) ND (W) 5–3 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [22]
1965 Barber, SteveSteve Barber (2) L 3–5 Chicago White Sox Memorial Stadium [23]
1966 Barber, SteveSteve Barber (3) ND (W) 5–4 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [24]
1967 McNally, DaveDave McNally ND (W) 6–3 Minnesota Twins Memorial Stadium [25]
1968 Phoebus, TomTom Phoebus W 3–1 Oakland Athletics Memorial Stadium [26]
1969** McNally, DaveDave McNally (2) ND (L) 4–5 Boston Red Sox Memorial Stadium [27]
1970 McNally, DaveDave McNally (3) W 8–2 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Stadium [28]
1971** McNally, DaveDave McNally (4) W 3–2 Washington Senators Memorial Stadium [29]
1972 Dobson, PatPat Dobson W 3–1 New York Yankees Memorial Stadium [30]
1973* McNally, DaveDave McNally (5) W 10–0 Milwaukee Brewers Memorial Stadium [31]
1974* Palmer, JimJim Palmer W 3–2 Detroit Tigers Memorial Stadium [32]
1975 Palmer, JimJim Palmer (2) W 10–0 Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [33]
1976 Palmer, JimJim Palmer (3) W 1–0 Boston Red Sox Memorial Stadium [34]
1977 Palmer, JimJim Palmer (4) L 1–2 Texas Rangers Memorial Stadium [35]
1978 Flanagan, MikeMike Flanagan L 3–11 Milwaukee Brewers County Stadium [36]
1979** Palmer, JimJim Palmer (5) W 5–3 Chicago White Sox Memorial Stadium [37]
1980 Palmer, JimJim Palmer (6) W 5–3 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [38]
1981 Stone, SteveSteve Stone W 5–3 Kansas City Royals Memorial Stadium [39]
1982 Martínez, DennisDennis Martínez ND (W) 13–5 Kansas City Royals Memorial Stadium [40]
1983 Martínez, DennisDennis Martínez (2) L 2–7 Kansas City Royals Memorial Stadium [41]
1984 McGregor, ScottScott McGregor L 2–5 Chicago White Sox Memorial Stadium [42]
1985 Davis, StormStorm Davis ND (W) 4–2 Texas Rangers Memorial Stadium [43]
1986 Flanagan, MikeMike Flanagan (2) L 4–6 Cleveland Indians Memorial Stadium [44]
1987 Boddicker, MikeMike Boddicker ND (W) 2–1 Texas Rangers Memorial Stadium [45]
1988 Boddicker, MikeMike Boddicker (2) L 0–12 Milwaukee Brewers Memorial Stadium [46]
1989 Schmidt, DaveDave Schmidt ND (W) 5–4 Boston Red Sox Memorial Stadium [47]
1990 Milacki, BobBob Milacki ND (W) 7–6 Kansas City Royals Royals Stadium [48]
1991 Ballard, JeffJeff Ballard L 1–9 Chicago White Sox Memorial Stadium [49]
1992 Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe W 2–0 Cleveland Indians Camden Yards [50]
1993 Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe (2) L 4–7 Texas Rangers Camden Yards [51]
1994 Mussina, MikeMike Mussina W 6–3 Kansas City Royals Camden Yards [52]
1995 Mussina, MikeMike Mussina (2) ND (L) 1–5 Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [53]
1996* Mussina, MikeMike Mussina (3) W 4–2 Kansas City Royals Camden Yards [54]
1997* Key, JimmyJimmy Key W 4–2 Kansas City Royals Camden Yards [55]
1998 Mussina, MikeMike Mussina (4) L 1–4 Kansas City Royals Camden Yards [56]
1999 Mussina, MikeMike Mussina (5) W 10–7 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Camden Yards [57]
2000 Mussina, MikeMike Mussina (6) L 1–4 Cleveland Indians Camden Yards [58]
2001 Hentgen, PatPat Hentgen ND (W) 2–1 Boston Red Sox Camden Yards [59]
2002 Erickson, ScottScott Erickson W 10–3 New York Yankees Camden Yards [60][61]
2003 López, RodrigoRodrigo López ND (W) 6–5 Cleveland Indians Camden Yards [62][63]
2004 Ponson, SidneySidney Ponson W 7–2 Boston Red Sox Camden Yards [64][65]
2005 López, RodrigoRodrigo López (2) W 4–0 Oakland Athletics Camden Yards [66][67]
2006 López, RodrigoRodrigo López (3) W 9–6 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Camden Yards [68][69]
2007 Bédard, ÉrikÉrik Bédard L 4–7 Minnesota Twins Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [70][71]
2008 Guthrie, JeremyJeremy Guthrie L 2–6 Tampa Bay Rays Camden Yards [72][73]
2009 Guthrie, JeremyJeremy Guthrie (2) W 10–5 New York Yankees Camden Yards [10]
2010 Millwood, KevinKevin Millwood ND (L) 3–4 Tampa Bay Rays Tropicana Field [6]
2011 Guthrie, JeremyJeremy Guthrie (3) W 3–1 Tampa Bay Rays Tropicana Field
2012 Arrieta, JakeJake Arrieta W 4–2 Minnesota Twins Camden Yards [74]

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