Sunday, March 27, 2011

Opening day pitching performances (updated)

Spring training is winding down and we're just four days away from opening day and Luke Hochevar's first start as the staff ace. How will he compare to his predecessors? Well let's take a look, here is every opening day performance in franchise history.

Player Date Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO
Wally Bunker 1969-04-08 MIN W 4-3 5.0 5 2 2 1 0
Wally Bunker 1970-04-07 OAK L 4-6 5.0 9 6 6 3 8
Dick Drago 1971-04-06 CAL W 4-1 9.0 6 1 0 0 2
Dick Drago 1972-04-15 CHW W 2-1 9.0 6 1 1 1 6
Steve Busby 1973-04-06 CAL L 2-3 4.1 7 3 3 1 1
Paul Splittorff 1974-04-05 MIN L 4-6 9.0 11 4 3 1 4
Steve Busby 1975-04-07 CAL L 2-3 8.0 5 2 2 1 6
Paul Splittorff 1976-04-09 CHW L 0-4 4.1 6 4 4 4 0
Paul Splittorff 1977-04-07 DET W 7-4 6.0 5 4 4 4 3
Dennis Leonard 1978-04-08 CLE L 5-8 4.1 9 8 5 1 3
Dennis Leonard 1979-04-05 TOR W 11-2 6.0 6 2 0 2 4
Dennis Leonard 1980-04-10 DET L 1-5 7.1 8 4 3 3 3
Larry Gura 1981-04-10 BAL L 3-5 4.2 3 4 2 5 1
Dennis Leonard 1982-04-05 BAL L 5-13 2.1 6 7 6 2 0
Larry Gura 1983-04-04 BAL W 7-2 7.0 5 2 1 2 3
Buddy Black 1984-04-03 NYY W 4-2 7.0 2 2 2 1 3
Buddy Black 1985-04-08 TOR W 2-1 7.2 4 1 1 1 3
Buddy Black 1986-04-08 NYY L 2-4 7.0 6 4 4 2 3
Danny Jackson 1987-04-06 CHW L 4-5 6.1 7 5 3 3 4
Bret Saberhagen 1988-04-04 TOR L 3-5 8.0 7 5 3 0 7
Mark Gubicza 1989-04-03 TOR L 3-4 7.0 9 4 4 1 4
Bret Saberhagen 1990-04-09 BAL L 6-7 6.0 8 3 3 0 5
Bret Saberhagen 1991-04-08 CLE W 4-2 7.0 6 2 1 2 5
Kevin Appier 1992-04-06 OAK L 3-5 6.0 4 1 1 3 3
Kevin Appier 1993-04-05 BOS L 1-3 6.0 6 3 3 4 2
Player Date Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO
Kevin Appier 1994-04-04 BAL L 3-6 5.0 7 3 3 2 4
Kevin Appier 1995-04-26 BAL W 5-1 6.2 0 0 0 2 7
Kevin Appier 1996-04-02 BAL L 2-4 5.0 6 3 3 1 7
Kevin Appier 1997-04-02 BAL L 2-4 5.0 6 2 2 5 6
Tim Belcher 1998-03-31 BAL W 4-1 7.0 3 0 0 0 6
Kevin Appier 1999-04-05 BOS L 3-5 5.1 8 4 4 3 1
Jeff Suppan 2000-04-03 TOR L 4-5 5.0 5 4 4 0 3
Jeff Suppan 2001-04-02 NYY L 3-7 5.0 8 5 5 2 2
Jeff Suppan 2002-04-01 MIN L 6-8 6.0 7 4 4 0 3
Runelvys Hernandez 2003-03-31 CHW W 3-0 6.0 2 0 0 1 5
Brian Anderson 2004-04-05 CHW W 9-7 5.0 7 5 5 0 5
Jose Lima 2005-04-04 DET L 2-11 3.0 6 5 5 0 2
Scott Elarton 2006-04-03 DET L 1-3 5.2 7 2 2 3 3
Gil Meche 2007-04-02 BOS W 7-1 7.1 6 1 1 1 6
Gil Meche 2008-03-31 DET W 5-4 6.0 8 3 3 4 5
Gil Meche 2009-04-07 CHW L 2-4 7.0 7 1 1 0 6
Zack Greinke 2010-04-05 DET L 4-8 6.0 6 2 1 1 4

By the numbers we find the starters had:
  • 42 starts
  • 255.1 innings
  • 11 wins
  • 18 losses
  • 3.87 ERA
  • 1.288 WHIP
  • 22 quality starts
  • 1 complete game
  • 161 strikeouts (5.6 K/9)
  • 74 walks (2.60 BB/9)
Overall the Royals are 15-27 on the season's first day but 12-10 when the starter throws a quality start, 3-17 when they don't. Not a surprising result.

Here are the cumulative opening day numbers for each of the 19 pitchers who garnered the OD start.

Player Starts W L ERA GS CG IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
Kevin Appier 7 Ind. Games 1 4 3.69 7 0 39.0 37 16 3 20 30 1.46
Dennis Leonard 4 Ind. Games 1 3 6.30 4 0 20.0 29 14 7 8 10 1.85
Jeff Suppan 3 Ind. Games 0 1 7.31 3 0 16.0 20 13 9 2 8 1.38
Paul Splittorff 3 Ind. Games 1 1 5.12 3 0 19.1 22 11 1 9 7 1.60
Bret Saberhagen 3 Ind. Games 1 1 3.00 3 0 21.0 21 7 5 2 17 1.10
Gil Meche 3 Ind. Games 1 0 2.21 3 0 20.1 21 5 1 5 17 1.28
Buddy Black 3 Ind. Games 2 1 2.91 3 0 21.2 12 7 2 4 9 0.74
Larry Gura 2 Ind. Games 1 1 2.31 2 0 11.2 8 3 1 7 4 1.29
Dick Drago 2 Ind. Games 1 0 0.50 2 1 18.0 12 1 1 1 8 0.72
Steve Busby 2 Ind. Games 0 1 3.65 2 0 12.1 12 5 1 2 7 1.14
Wally Bunker 2 Ind. Games 0 1 7.20 2 0 10.0 14 8 3 4 8 1.80
Jose Lima 1 Ind. Games 0 1 15.00 1 0 3.0 6 5 3 0 2 2.00
Danny Jackson 1 Ind. Games 0 1 4.26 1 0 6.1 7 3 0 3 4 1.58
Runelvys Hernandez 1 Ind. Games 1 0 0.00 1 0 6.0 2 0 0 1 5 0.50
Mark Gubicza 1 Ind. Games 0 1 5.14 1 0 7.0 9 4 0 1 4 1.43
Zack Greinke 1 Ind. Games 0 0 1.50 1 0 6.0 6 1 0 1 4 1.17
Scott Elarton 1 Ind. Games 0 1 3.18 1 0 5.2 7 2 2 3 3 1.76
Tim Belcher 1 Ind. Games 1 0 0.00 1 0 7.0 3 0 0 0 6 0.43
Brian Anderson 1 Ind. Games 0 0 9.00 1 0 5.0 7 5 2 0 5 1.40

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