One great fact about every 2016 Opening Day starter
By Paul Casella and Andrew Simon
Opening Day not only marks the long-awaited start of another baseball season, but it also annually offers what's arguably the best day of starting pitching of the entire year. After all, teams throughout the league traditionally honor their staff ace when it comes to naming an Opening Day starter.
With that in mind, here's a closer look at each club's official Opening Day starter for this year, as well as who they turned to for last year's season opener. The breakdown also includes an interesting Opening Day fact or figure for each team.
DYK: Stroman, 24, is in line to become the third-youngest Opening Day starter in Blue Jays history, behind only Hutchison and Todd Stottlemyre. Listed at 5-foot-8, Stroman would also be the shortest Opening Day starter in franchise history.
DYK: This will mark Wainwright's fourth consecutive Opening Day start -- and fifth overall -- for the Cardinals. His five season-opening starts are tied for the second-most in franchise history, behind Bob Gibson's 10.
DYK: Arrieta, who also started Opening Day for the Orioles in 2012, is in line to make multiple Opening Day starts and win a Cy Young Award before ever being named an All-Star. Only four other Major Leaguers have done so previously, though Arrieta may not be the only pitcher to join the ultra-rare list this season (see Indians below).
DYK: Kershaw is set to become just the sixth starting pitcher in the last 100 years to make at least six consecutive Opening Day starts before turning 29 years old. His six starts will also be just one shy of the Dodgers' franchise record, held by Hall of Famers Don Sutton and Don Drysdale.
DYK: Hernandez is set to make his ninth career Opening Day start, which would be the most ever by a pitcher before turning 30 years old. Hernandez, who turns 30 on April 8, is currently tied with Dwight Gooden and Bert Blyleven with eight pre-30 starts apiece.
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DYK: Since the Nationals debuted in 2005 after moving from Montreal, Scherzer is the fourth pitcher to start on back-to-back Opening days, joining Livan Hernandez, John Lannan and Stephen Strasburg (three straight).
DYK: Hellickson will take the hill looking to buck the Phillies' recent trend of Opening Day pitching struggles. The club's starters have pitched no more than five innings in each of the last three season openers, all while combining for a 10.20 ERA in those contests.
DYK: Liriano will become the first Pirates pitcher to make three consecutive Opening Day starts since Doug Drabek did so from 1990-92. Liriano has taken a no-decision each of the last two years, despite posting a 1.38 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 13 innings in those two starts.
DYK: Hamels is the Rangers' seventh different Opening Day starter in as many years. In fact, Kevin Millwood, who started four straight season openers from 2006-09, is the only pitcher to make consecutive Opening Day starts for Texas at any point since 1997.
DYK: This is the second straight Opening Day assignment for Archer and the 14th straight season the Rays' Opening Day starter has been age 30 or younger. The only Opening Day starter older than 30 in Rays history was 31-year-old Tanyon Sturtze in 2002.
DYK: Price also got the nod for the Rays in 2014 and the Tigers last year, making him the third pitcher to start three straight Opening Days for three different clubs, according to Elias. The others were Kevin Brown (1997 Marlins, '98 Padres, '99 Dodgers) and Jack Morris ('90 Tigers, '91 Twins, '92 Blue Jays).
DYK: Verlander made seven consecutive Opening Day starts for the Tigers from 2008-14, before deferring to Price last year. Verlander's eighth career Opening Day start this year would be the second-most in franchise history, behind only Morris' 11.
DYK: In 10 seasons since 2007, the Twins have started nine different pitchers on Opening Day, with only Carl Pavano ('11-'12) getting multiple assignments. Going back to Pavano, Santana is the fifth straight Opening Day starter to come to Minnesota from outside the organization.
DYK: Between Tanaka last season and CC Sabathia from 2012-14, Yankees Opening Day starters have gone four straight years without a quality start, and New York has dropped each of those games. The Yankees haven't lost five straight season openers since 1934-38.
Paul Casella and Andrew Simon are reporters for MLB.com.. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.