Opening Day Nuggetpalooza!

Opening-Day-2013

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s at least one nugget on each of the 2013 openers:

* – Rangers at Astros

– Houston has lost six straight openers and 7 of their last 8.

– Texas has homered in 10 straight openers, which is a club record. The Rangers have not opened up on the road since 2008, but they’ve lost 8 of their last 9 road openers, dating back to 1994.

* – Red Sox at Yankees

– New York has opened at home 11 times since 1986, winning all 11 games.

– The Yankees have homered in their last 14 straight openers, the longest such streak in MLB history:

14 – Yankees (1999-2012)
10 – Rangers (2003-2012)
10 – Reds (1963-1972)
8 – Braves (1954-1961)

Since 1920, the Red Sox have opened their season against the Yankees in New York 13 times and have gone 3-10, never scoring more than four runs in any of those games. The three wins came in 1935 (1-0), 1964 (4-3), and 1970 (4-3).

* – Marlins at Nationals

– This will be just the sixth time the Marlins have opened on the road and they’re 1-4 in their first five such games with their only win coming at Washington in 2007.

– Washington has allowed 9+ runs in three of their last six opening day home games.

* – Padres at Mets

– San Diego has opened on the road five times since 2004 and have gone 3-2, hitting 10 home runs in those games.

– Since 1971, the Mets have opened at home 22 times and are a ridiculous 19-3 in those games. They’ve allowed an average of 2.9 runs per game in those 22 games. That figure includes two openers in which they allowed 12 and 15 runs. Take those out, and the average drops to 1.8.

* – Cubs at Pirates

– The Cubs have hit .297 in openers in the 2000’s, the second highest mark in that span:

.304 – Cardinals
.297 – Cubs
.291 – Rays
.289 – Yankees

– Pittsburgh has opened up at home 13 times since 1979 and have managed just four wins in those games.

* – Rockies at Brewers

– Colorado has won four of the last five times that they’ve opened up on the road.

– Milwaukee lost despite 10+ hits in their 2009, 2010, and 2012 openers. Prior to 2009, they were 13-2 when they collected 10 or more hits in their opening game.

* – Angels at Reds

– The Reds have not been shut out in their opener since 1953, a stretch of 59 straight years. The other longest current streaks without being shut out in their opening game:

59 – Reds (1953)
49 – Mets (1963)
40 – Rangers (1972)
36 – Red Sox (1976)
32 – Yankees (1980)

Note this: The Phillies, Pirates, and Braves were all shut out last season in their opening game. Over the last 33 seasons, SOMEBODY has been shut out in their opener every season except 1999.

* – Tigers at Twins

– The Twins have not pitched a shut out (individual or combined) in an opener since 1970, the longest current streak in the majors:

42 – Twins (1970)
38 – Cubs (1974)
36 – Blue Jays (never)

– Detroit has opened their season against the Twins four times since 1996 and lost all four games.

* – Royals at White Sox

– From 1977 through 1983, the Royals opened the season on the road five times and clubbed multiple homers in all five of those games. Since then, they’ve played 12 such openers, hitting one homer in six and going homerless in six.

– This is just the eighth time since 1988 that the White Sox have opened the season at home, but they are 6-1 in their previous seven.

* – Giants at Dodgers

– In the Dodgers’ 26 opening day games at home since 1960, they’ve managed to hit more than one home run exactly once (1999).

* – Phillies at Braves

– The Braves’ .239 average in openers since 2000 is the third lowest in the league:

.198 – Mariners
.207 – A’s
.239 – Braves

* – Mariners at A’s

– Seattle has not collected 10 or more hits in an opener since 1998, a streak of 14 straight openers. Tied with the 1974-1987 Braves for the longest such streak ever.

* – Cardinals at Diamondbacks

– The Diamondbacks have hit 2+ home runs in their last five openers, tying the longest such streak ever (at least since 1916). The other team to hit multiple homers in five straight openers was the 1953-1957 Brooklyn Dodgers.

– Since 1995, the Cardinals have hit .318 when in opening day road games, the highest such average in that span in such games:

.318 – Cardinals
.306 – Cubs
.297 – Tigers

* – This is more of a clip-and-save note as the A’s open at home this year: Oakland has opened on the road three times since 2000 and have been shut out all three times.

Enjoy all the baseball!

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