List of Boston Red Sox Opening Day starting pitchers

The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Boston, Massachusetts. They play in the American League East division. 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 often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season,[1] though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day.[2] As of 2010, The Red Sox have used 58 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 110 seasons. Since the franchise's beginning in 1901, the 58 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 50 wins, 47 losses, 1 tie (50471), and 11 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game. Although in modern baseball, ties are rare due to extra innings, in 1910, the Red Sox Opening Game against the New York Highlanders was declared a tie due to darkness at the time, Hilltop Park lacked adequate lighting.[3]

Roger Clemens holds the Red Sox record for most Opening Day starts with eight. The other pitchers with five or more Opening Day starts for Boston are Pedro Martínez (7), Cy Young (6), and Dennis Eckersley (5).[4]

On Opening Day, Red Sox pitchers have a combined record of 2312 when playing at home. Of those games, pitchers have a 30 record at Huntington Avenue Grounds, and a 1912 record from Fenway Park. When on the road for Opening Day, Red Sox pitchers have a combined record of 29341. For seasons in which Boston would later win the World Series, the starting pitchers have a 33 record. For all seasons that go into post-season, Boston pitchers have an Opening Day record of 104.[4]

Key

Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Red Sox season.
W Win
L Loss
T Tie
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Red Sox won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Red Sox lost game
Pitcher (#)Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Red Sox
* Advanced to the post-season
** AL Champions
*** World Series Champions

Pitchers

Season Pitcher Decision Opponent Location Ref(s)
1901 Win Kellum L Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park [5]
1902 Bill Dinneen W Baltimore Orioles Huntington Avenue Grounds [6][7]
1903*** Cy Young W Philadelphia Athletics Huntington Avenue Grounds [8][9]
1904** Cy Young (2) L New York Highlanders Hilltop Park [10]
1905 Cy Young (3) L Philadelphia Athletics Columbia Park [11]
1906 Cy Young (4) L New York Highlanders Hilltop Park [12]
1907 Cy Young (5) W Philadelphia Athletics Columbia Park [13]
1908 Cy Young (6) W Washington Senators Huntington Avenue Grounds [14]
1909 Frank Arellanes L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [15]
1910 Eddie Cicotte T New York Highlanders Hilltop Park [3][16]
1911 Joe Wood L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [17]
1912*** Joe Wood (2) W New York Highlanders Hilltop Park [18]
1913 Joe Wood (3) L Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [19]
1914 Ray Collins L Washington Senators Fenway Park [20]
1915*** Ernie Shore L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [21]
1916*** Babe Ruth W Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [22]
1917 Babe Ruth (2) W New York Yankees Polo Grounds [23]
1918*** Babe Ruth (3) W Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [24]
1919 Carl Mays W New York Yankees Polo Grounds [25]
1920 Allen Russell W Washington Senators Fenway Park [26]
1921 Sam Jones W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [27]
1922 Jack Quinn L Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [28]
1923 Howard Ehmke L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [29]
1924 Howard Ehmke (2) L New York Yankees Fenway Park [30]
1925 Alex Ferguson L Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [31]
1926 Howard Ehmke (3) L New York Yankees Fenway Park [32]
1927 Slim Harriss L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [33]
1928 Danny MacFayden W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [34]
1929 Red Ruffing L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [35]
1930 Danny MacFayden (2) W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [36]
1931 Wilcy Moore L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [37]
1932 Danny MacFayden (3) L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [38]
1933 Ivy Andrews L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [39]
1934 Gordon Rhodes W Washington Senators Fenway Park [40]
1935 Wes Ferrell W New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [41]
1936 Wes Ferrell (2) W Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [42]
1937 Wes Ferrell (3) W Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [43]
1938 Jim Bagby W New York Yankees Fenway Park [44]
1939 Lefty Grove L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [45]
1940 Lefty Grove (2) W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [46]
1941 Jack Wilson W Washington Senators Fenway Park [47]
1942 Dick Newsome W Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [48]
1943 Tex Hughson W Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [49]
1944 Yank Terry L New York Yankees Fenway Park [50]
1945 Rex Cecil L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [51]
1946** Tex Hughson (2) W Washington Senators Griffith Park [52]
1947 Tex Hughson (3) W Washington Senators Fenway Park [53]
1948 Joe Dobson L Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [54]
1949 Joe Dobson (2) L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [55]
1950 Mel Parnell L New York Yankees Fenway Park [56]
1951 Bill Wight L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [57]
1952 Mel Parnell (2) W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [58]
1953 Mel Parnell (3) W Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [59]
1954 Mel Parnell (4) L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [60]
1955 Frank Sullivan L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [61]
1956 Frank Sullivan (2) W Baltimore Orioles Fenway Park [4]
1957 Tom Brewer W Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [4]
1958 Frank Sullivan (3) L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [4]
1959 Tom Brewer (2) L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [4]
1960 Tom Sturdivant L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [4]
1961 Bill Monbouquette L Kansas City Athletics Fenway Park [4]
1962 Don Schwall L Cleveland Indians Fenway Park [4]
1963 Bill Monbouquette (2) L Los Angeles Angels Chavez Ravine [4]
1964 Bill Monbouquette (3) W New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [4]
1965 Bill Monbouquette (4) W Washington Senators Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium [4]
1966 Earl Wilson ND (L) Baltimore Orioles Fenway Park [4]
1967** Jim Lonborg W Chicago White Sox Fenway Park [4]
1968 Dick Ellsworth W Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [4]
1969 Jim Lonborg (2) L Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [4]
1970 Gary Peters W New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [4]
1971 Ray Culp W New York Yankees Fenway Park [4]
1972 Marty Pattin L Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [4]
1973 Luis Tiant W New York Yankees Fenway Park [4]
1974 Luis Tiant (2) W Milwaukee Brewers County Stadium [4]
1975** Luis Tiant (3) W Milwaukee Brewers Fenway Park [4]
1976 Ferguson Jenkins L Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [4]
1977 Ferguson Jenkins (2) L Cleveland Indians Fenway Park [4]
1978 Mike Torrez ND (L) Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [4]
1979 Dennis Eckersley W Cleveland Indians Fenway Park [4]
1980 Dennis Eckersley (2) ND (L) Milwaukee Brewers County Stadium [4]
1981 Dennis Eckersley (3) ND (L) Chicago White Sox Fenway Park [4]
1982 Dennis Eckersley (4) W Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [4]
1983 Dennis Eckersley (5) L Toronto Blue Jays Fenway Park [4]
1984 Bruce Hurst L California Angels Angel Stadium of Anaheim [4]
1985 Oil Can Boyd W New York Yankees Fenway Park [4]
1986** Bruce Hurst (2) L Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [4]
1987 Bob Stanley ND (L) Milwaukee Brewers County Stadium [4]
1988* Roger Clemens L Detroit Tigers Fenway Park [4]
1989 Roger Clemens (2) L Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [4]
1990* Roger Clemens (3) W Detroit Tigers Fenway Park [4]
1991 Roger Clemens (4) W Toronto Blue Jays SkyDome [4]
1992 Roger Clemens (5) L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [4]
1993 Roger Clemens (6) W Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [4]
1994 Roger Clemens (7) W Detroit Tigers Fenway Park [4]
1995* Aaron Sele W Minnesota Twins Fenway Park [4]
1996 Roger Clemens (8) L Texas Rangers Rangers Ballpark in Arlington [4]
1997 Tom Gordon ND (W) Anaheim Angels Angel Stadium of Anaheim [4]
1998* Pedro Martinez W Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [4]
1999* Pedro Martinez (2) W Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [4]
2000 Pedro Martinez (3) W Seattle Mariners Safeco Field [4]
2001 Pedro Martinez (4) L Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards [4]
2002 Pedro Martinez (5) L Toronto Blue Jays Fenway Park [4][62]
2003* Pedro Martinez (6) ND (L) Tampa Bay Devil Rays Tropicana Field [4][63]
2004*** Pedro Martinez (7) L Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards [4][64]
2005* David Wells L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [4][65]
2006 Curt Schilling W Texas Rangers Rangers Ballpark in Arlington [4][66]
2007*** Curt Schilling (2) L Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [4][67]
2008* Daisuke Matsuzaka ND (W) Oakland Athletics Tokyo Dome [68]
2009* Josh Beckett W Tampa Bay Rays Fenway Park [69]
2010 Josh Beckett (2) ND (W) New York Yankees Fenway Park [70]
2011 Jon Lester ND (L) Texas Rangers Rangers Ballpark in Arlington [70]
2012 Jon Lester (2) ND (L) Detroit Tigers Comerica Park [71]
2013*** Jon Lester (3) W New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [72]
2014 Jon Lester (4) L Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards [73]
2015 Clay Buchholz W Philadelphia Phillies Citizens Bank Park [4]
2016* David Price W Cleveland Indians Progressive Field [4]
2017* Rick Porcello W Pittsburgh Pirates Fenway Park [74]
2018 Chris Sale ND (L) Tampa Bay Rays Tropicana Field [75]

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