Happy Opening Day CurveBall Blog readers. Today is the day that your team is in first place, and after tomorrow, there’s still a 50% chance that your team is still in first place! They say “you’re only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher” and for nearly all of the MLB teams, Opening Day is the time to display the best you’ve got. Here’s a list of all of the Opening Day starters for the 2011 season:
The Pirates will look to RHP Kevin Correia to get the job done opposite Ryan Dempster when the Pirates open their season on Friday afternoon. Correia was selected in the fourth round by the San Francisco Giants in 2002 and will be pitching for the Pirates for the first time this season. Correia went 10-10 last season for the San Diego Padres with a 5.40 ERA. His best season was in 2009 with San Diego when he went 12-11 with a 3.91.
Opening Day Fact of the Day: In 2007, Phillies pitcher Brett Myers threw both the first and last pitches of the Phillies regular season. He was the team’s Opening Day starter, and through injuries, became the team’s closer by season’s end and made the final pitch of the season in that new role.
The Curve Opening day starter from last season, Michael Crotta, as blogged yesterday, has made the Pirates Opening Day Roster as a relief pitcher.
The only player to start an Opening Day game for the Curve and for the Pirates was Ian Snell, who started the opener for the Curve in 2004 and the Pirates in 2008.
From the 2011 Curve Media Guide, here are how the Curve starting pitchers have fared in Opening Day: