Sunday, March 31, 2013
Mets, Mariners Dunn star on Opening Day
By ESPN Stats & Information
Mike PhilbrickFive Opening Day tidbits you might not have known
Adam Dunn has been prolific on the first day of the season.
Mets are best
The New York Mets enter Monday 33-18 all-time on Opening Day. Their .647 winning percentage on Opening Day is the best in major-league history.
The Mets have won six of their last seven Opening Day games. Jonathon Niese, who was born on the day the Mets won their last World Series (October 27, 1986) will make his first career Opening Day start against the San Diego Padres.
The Seattle Mariners-Oakland Athletics matchup on Monday night pits a pair of teams with significantly different Opening Day history of late.
The Mariner have won six straight Opening Day games, usually marked by a good start from Felix Hernandez. He has a 1.63 ERA in five previous openers.
The Athletics have lost eight straight Opening Day games. Brett Anderson will be the Athletics eighth different Opening Day starter in as many seasons.
Home sweet home
The New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry will renew Monday in the Bronx, a place that has been most friendly to the Yankees on Opening Day.
The Yankees have won the last 11 Opening Day Games they’ve played at home. Their last such loss was in 1982 to the Chicago White Sox.
The Red Sox have won six of the last eight Opening Day games against the Yankees.
Adam Dunn enters Monday’s matchup with the Royals tied with Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr. for the all-time record with eight career Opening Day home runs.
Dunn may have had problems with his batting average in recent years, but he’s thrived in his last eight Opening Day games, going 11-for-29.
He’s 1-for-10 with five strikeouts and no home runs against Monday’s starter, James Shields.
The Cincinnati Reds used to play baseball’s first game every season, but that tradition has gone by the boards.
They might start a new tradition on Monday when they host the first interleague opening game, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
This game will mark the first for new Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton with the team and the first against the team with whom he played his first major-league game.
Also of note: Jered Weaver will make his fifth career Opening Day start, tying the Angels record set by Mike Witt.