One great fact about every 2016 Opening Day starter

One great fact about every 2016 Opening Day starter

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.

Here's the current rundown of Opening Day starters (listed by team, alphabetically), with a link to a story on each pitcher from the reporter who covers him:

2016 Opening Day starter: Garrett Richards | More »
'15 Opening Day starter: Jered Weaver

DYK: Richards is the first pitcher other than Weaver to start for the Halos on Opening Day since Joe Saunders in 2009, as well as the first right-hander since John Lackey in '07.

2016 Opening Day starter: Dallas KeuchelMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Keuchel

DYK: Keuchel will be the first Astros pitcher to make consecutive Opening Day starts since Roy Oswalt made eight straight season-opening starts from 2003-10.

Keuchel to start on Opening Day

2016 Opening Day starter: Sonny GrayMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Gray

DYK: This will be Gray's third straight Opening Day start, making him the first A's pitcher to start three consecutive season openers since Dave Stewart got the call in five in a row from 1988-92.

Gray to start A's opener

2016 Opening Day starter: Marcus StromanMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Drew Hutchison

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.

2016 Opening Day starter: Julio TeheranMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Teheran

DYK: Teheran is the first Braves pitcher to make three Opening Day starts before his 26th birthday since Al Javery did it for the Boston Braves from 1942-44.

2016 Opening Day starter: Wily PeraltaMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Kyle Lohse

DYK: This will be the first career Opening Day start for Peralta, who has logged 90 career appearances over his first four seasons with the Brewers.

Peralta on Opening Day nod

2016 Opening Day starter: Adam WainwrightMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Wainwright

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.

2016 Opening Day starter: Jake ArrietaMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Jon Lester

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).

Arrieta to start Opening Day

2016 Opening Day starter: Zack GreinkeMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Josh Collmenter

DYK: Greinke has one previous Opening Day start to his name, having tossed six innings of one-run ball for the Royals in their 2010 season-opening loss to the Tigers.

2016 Opening Day starter: Clayton KershawMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Kershaw

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.

Kershaw to start on Opening Day

2016 Opening Day starter: Madison BumgarnerMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Bumgarner

DYK: This will be the third straight Opening Day nod for Bumgarner, who racked up a 0.82 ERA over 11 innings in his first two season-opening starts.

MadBum gets nod for Opening Day

2016 Opening Day starter: Corey KluberMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Kluber

DYK: Kluber is in line to join Arrieta as only the fifth and sixth Major League pitchers to make multiple Opening Day starts and win a Cy Young Award before being named an All-Star.

2016 Opening Day starter: Felix HernandezMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Hernandez

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.

2016 Opening Day starter: Wei-Yin ChenMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Henderson Alvarez

DYK: Chen will be the Marlins' fifth Opening Day starter in as many years, following the likes of Alvarez, Jose Fernandez, Ricky Nolasco and Josh Johnson.

2016 Opening Day starter: Matt HarveyMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Bartolo Colon

DYK: Harvey will be the Mets' sixth different starting pitcher in the last six years, joining Colon, Dillon Gee, Jonathon Niese, Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey.

Harvey in for Opening Night

2016 Opening Day starter: Max ScherzerMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Scherzer

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).

2016 Opening Day starter: Chris TillmanMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Tillman

DYK: Tillman is the first Orioles pitcher to get the nod on Opening Day in three consecutive seasons since Mike Mussina did so from 1998-2000.

2016 Opening Day starter: Tyson RossMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: James Shields

DYK: Ross is vying to become the Padres' first starter to earn an Opening Day victory since Jake Peavy in 2008.

2016 Opening Day starter: Jeremy HellicksonMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Cole Hamels

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.

2016 Opening Day starter: Francisco LirianoMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Liriano

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.

Liriano to start on Opening Day

2016 Opening Day starter: Hamels | More »
'15 Opening Day starter: Yovani Gallardo

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.

2016 Opening Day starter: Chris ArcherMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Archer

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.

Archer to start Opening Day

2016 Opening Day starter: David PriceMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Clay Buchholz

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). 

2016 Opening Day starter: Raisel IglesiasMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Johnny Cueto

DYK: Iglesias will become the second Cuba native to start on the mound on Opening Day for the Reds. Dolf Luque, a member of the team's Hall of Fame, did it in 1921 (vs. Pirates) and '28 (Cubs).

2016 Opening Day starter: Jorge De La RosaMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Kyle Kendrick

DYK: De La Rosa is Colorado's sixth Opening Day starter in the last six seasons. The club has had only one pitcher (Ubaldo Jimenez, 2010-11) make consecutive Opening Day starts since '02.

2016 Opening Day starter: Edinson VolquezMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Yordano Ventura

DYK: The Royals are just 1-6 in their last seven season openers, despite the fact that their starting pitchers have posted a combined 2.09 ERA during that span.

2016 Opening Day starter: Justin VerlanderMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Price

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.

Verlander to start Opening Day

2016 Opening Day starter: Ervin SantanaMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Phil Hughes

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. 

2016 Opening Day starter: Chris SaleMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Jeff Samardzija

DYK: Sale made back-to-back Opening Day starts for the White Sox from 2013-14, before missing last year's season opener due to a foot injury. He's 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his two Opening Day starts.

Sale set to start on Opening Day

2016 Opening Day starter: Masahiro TanakaMore »
'15 Opening Day starter: Tanaka

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 This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.