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 have played in the American League since it was founded in 1901, and the American League East since divisions were introduced in 1969. The first game of each baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, for which being named the starting pitcher is an honor. That honor is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season,[1] although there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day.[2]

Fenway at night
Fenway Park, Boston's home ballpark since 1912

Records

Including the 2018 season, the team has had 118 Opening Days. In those Opening Day games:

Key

Chris Sale in 2017 (37185846582) (cropped)
Boston's most recent Opening Day starting pitcher was Chris Sale in 2018.
Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Red Sox season.
W Win
L Loss
T Tie
ND (X) No decision by starting pitcher; (X) indicates game outcome for Red Sox
Pitcher (#) Number of Opening Day starts for the Red Sox, if more than one
* Advanced to the post-season
** AL Champions
*** World Series Champions

Pitchers

Cy Young 1 MLB HOF
Cy Young was Boston's Opening Day starting pitcher six times between 1902 and 1908.
George Winter
George Winter pitched on Opening Day for the Boston Americans in 1903.
Joe Wood 1915
Smoky Joe Wood was the Opening Day starter three times, 1911–1913.
Babe Ruth pitching
Babe Ruth started on Opening Day in 1916, 1917, and 1918.
HowardEhmke
In 1923, 1924, and 1926, Howard Ehmke started on Opening Day for the Red Sox.
Dennis Eckersley 2008 (crop)
Dennis Eckersley made five consecutive Opening Day starts for Boston, 1979–1983.
Roger clemens 2004
Roger Clemens was Boston's Opening Day starting pitcher eight times between 1988 and 1996.
Pedro's return
From 1998 through 2004, Pedro Martínez was Boston's Opening Day starting pitcher.
Lester Warms
Jon Lester was Opening Day starting pitcher for Boston from 2011 through 2014.
Season Pitcher W/L Opponent Location Ref(s)
1901 Win Kellum L Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park [4][5]
1902 Cy Young W Baltimore Orioles Huntington Avenue Grounds [6][7]
1903*** George Winter W Philadelphia Athletics Huntington Avenue Grounds [8][9]
1904** Cy Young (2) L New York Highlanders Hilltop Park [10][11]
1905 Cy Young (3) L Philadelphia Athletics Columbia Park [12][13]
1906 Cy Young (4) L New York Highlanders Hilltop Park [14][15]
1907 Cy Young (5) W Philadelphia Athletics Columbia Park [16][17]
1908 Cy Young (6) W Washington Senators Huntington Avenue Grounds [18]
1909 Frank Arellanes L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [19]
1910 Eddie Cicotte ND (T) New York Highlanders Hilltop Park [20]
1911 Joe Wood L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [21]
1912*** Joe Wood (2) W New York Highlanders Hilltop Park [22]
1913 Joe Wood (3) L Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [23]
1914 Ray Collins L Washington Senators Fenway Park [24]
1915*** Ernie Shore L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [25]
1916*** Babe Ruth W Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [26]
1917 Babe Ruth (2) W New York Yankees Polo Grounds [27]
1918*** Babe Ruth (3) W Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [28]
1919 Carl Mays W New York Yankees Polo Grounds [29]
1920 Allen Russell W Washington Senators Fenway Park [30]
1921 Sam Jones W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [31]
1922 Jack Quinn L Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [32]
1923 Howard Ehmke L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [33]
1924 Howard Ehmke (2) L New York Yankees Fenway Park [34]
1925 Alex Ferguson ND (L) Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [35]
1926 Howard Ehmke (3) L New York Yankees Fenway Park [36]
1927 Slim Harriss L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [37]
1928 Danny MacFayden W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [38]
1929 Red Ruffing L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [39]
1930 Danny MacFayden (2) ND (W) Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [40]
1931 Wilcy Moore L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [41]
1932 Danny MacFayden (3) L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [42]
1933 Ivy Andrews L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [43]
1934 Gordon Rhodes ND (L) Washington Senators Fenway Park [44]
1935 Wes Ferrell W New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [45]
1936 Wes Ferrell (2) W Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [46]
1937 Wes Ferrell (3) W Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [47]
1938 Jim Bagby W New York Yankees Fenway Park [48]
1939 Lefty Grove L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [49]
1940 Lefty Grove (2) W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [50]
1941 Jack Wilson ND (W) Washington Senators Fenway Park [51]
1942 Dick Newsome W Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [52]
1943 Tex Hughson W Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [53]
1944 Yank Terry L New York Yankees Fenway Park [54]
1945 Rex Cecil L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [55]
1946** Tex Hughson (2) W Washington Senators Griffith Park [56]
1947 Tex Hughson (3) ND (W) Washington Senators Fenway Park [57]
1948 Joe Dobson L Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [58]
1949 Joe Dobson (2) L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [59]
1950 Mel Parnell ND (L) New York Yankees Fenway Park [60]
1951 Bill Wight L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [61]
1952 Mel Parnell (2) W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [62]
1953 Mel Parnell (3) ND (W) Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [63]
1954 Mel Parnell (4) L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [64]
1955 Frank Sullivan W Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [65]
1956 Frank Sullivan (2) W Baltimore Orioles Fenway Park [66]
1957 Tom Brewer W Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [67]
1958 Frank Sullivan (3) L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [68]
1959 Tom Brewer (2) L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [69]
1960 Tom Sturdivant L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [70]
1961 Bill Monbouquette L Kansas City Athletics Fenway Park [71]
1962 Don Schwall L Cleveland Indians Fenway Park [72]
1963 Bill Monbouquette (2) L Los Angeles Angels Chavez Ravine [73]
1964 Bill Monbouquette (3) ND (W) New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [74]
1965 Bill Monbouquette (4) W Washington Senators Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium [75]
1966 Earl Wilson ND (L) Baltimore Orioles Fenway Park [76]
1967** Jim Lonborg W Chicago White Sox Fenway Park [77]
1968 Dick Ellsworth W Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [78]
1969 Jim Lonborg (2) ND (W) Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [79]
1970 Gary Peters W New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [80]
1971 Ray Culp W New York Yankees Fenway Park [81]
1972 Marty Pattin L Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [82]
1973 Luis Tiant W New York Yankees Fenway Park [83]
1974 Luis Tiant (2) ND (W) Milwaukee Brewers County Stadium [84]
1975** Luis Tiant (3) W Milwaukee Brewers Fenway Park [85]
1976 Ferguson Jenkins L Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [86]
1977 Ferguson Jenkins (2) ND (L) Cleveland Indians Fenway Park [87]
1978 Mike Torrez ND (L) Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [88]
1979 Dennis Eckersley W Cleveland Indians Fenway Park [89]
1980 Dennis Eckersley (2) ND (L) Milwaukee Brewers County Stadium [90]
1981 Dennis Eckersley (3) ND (L) Chicago White Sox Fenway Park [91]
1982 Dennis Eckersley (4) W Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [92]
1983 Dennis Eckersley (5) L Toronto Blue Jays Fenway Park [93]
1984 Bruce Hurst L California Angels Angel Stadium of Anaheim [94]
1985 Oil Can Boyd W New York Yankees Fenway Park [95]
1986** Bruce Hurst (2) ND (L) Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [96]
1987 Bob Stanley L Milwaukee Brewers County Stadium [97]
1988* Roger Clemens ND (L) Detroit Tigers Fenway Park [98]
1989 Roger Clemens (2) ND (L) Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [99]
1990* Roger Clemens (3) W Detroit Tigers Fenway Park [100]
1991 Roger Clemens (4) W Toronto Blue Jays SkyDome [101]
1992 Roger Clemens (5) L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [102]
1993 Roger Clemens (6) W Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [103]
1994 Roger Clemens (7) ND (W) Detroit Tigers Fenway Park [104]
1995* Aaron Sele W Minnesota Twins Fenway Park [105]
1996 Roger Clemens (8) L Texas Rangers Rangers Ballpark in Arlington [106]
1997 Tom Gordon ND (W) Anaheim Angels Angel Stadium of Anaheim [107]
1998* Pedro Martinez W Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [108]
1999* Pedro Martinez (2) W Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [109]
2000 Pedro Martinez (3) W Seattle Mariners Safeco Field [110]
2001 Pedro Martinez (4) ND (L) Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards [111]
2002 Pedro Martinez (5) ND (L) Toronto Blue Jays Fenway Park [112]
2003* Pedro Martinez (6) ND (L) Tampa Bay Devil Rays Tropicana Field [113]
2004*** Pedro Martinez (7) L Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards [114]
2005* David Wells L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [115]
2006 Curt Schilling W Texas Rangers Rangers Ballpark in Arlington [116]
2007*** Curt Schilling (2) L Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [117]
2008* Daisuke Matsuzaka ND (W) Oakland Athletics Tokyo Dome [118]
2009* Josh Beckett W Tampa Bay Rays Fenway Park [119]
2010 Josh Beckett (2) ND (W) New York Yankees Fenway Park [120]
2011 Jon Lester ND (L) Texas Rangers Rangers Ballpark in Arlington [121]
2012 Jon Lester (2) ND (L) Detroit Tigers Comerica Park [122]
2013*** Jon Lester (3) W New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [123]
2014 Jon Lester (4) L Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards [124]
2015 Clay Buchholz W Philadelphia Phillies Citizens Bank Park [125]
2016* David Price W Cleveland Indians Progressive Field [126]
2017* Rick Porcello W Pittsburgh Pirates Fenway Park [127]
2018*** Chris Sale ND (L) Tampa Bay Rays Tropicana Field [128]

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Pedro Martínez

Pedro Jaime Martínez (born October 25, 1971) is a Dominican former professional baseball starting pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1992 to 2009, for five teams—most notably the Boston Red Sox from 1998 to 2004.

From 2002 to 2006, Martínez held the major league record for the highest career winning percentage by a pitcher with at least 200 decisions. At the time of his retirement as an active player, his career record of 219 wins and 100 losses placed him fourth-highest in winning percentage in MLB history, and was the highest such achievement by a right-hander since the modern pitching era began, in 1893. Martínez ended his career with an earned run average (ERA) of 2.93, the sixth-lowest by a pitcher with at least 2,500 innings pitched, since 1920. He reached the 3,000 strikeout mark in fewer innings than any pitcher except Randy Johnson, and is the only pitcher to compile over 3,000 career strikeouts with fewer than 3,000 innings pitched; Martínez‘ career strikeout rate of 10.04 per 9 innings trails only Johnson (10.61) among pitchers with over 1,500 innings.

An eight-time All-Star, Martínez was at his peak from 1997 to 2003, establishing himself as one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball history. He won three Cy Young Awards (1997, 1999, 2000) and was runner-up twice (1998, 2002), posting a cumulative record of 118–36 (.766) with a 2.20 ERA, while leading his league in ERA five times and in winning percentage and strikeouts three times each. In 1999, Martínez was runner-up for the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player Award, after winning the pitching Triple Crown with a 23–4 record, 2.07 ERA, and 313 strikeouts, and—along with Johnson—joined Gaylord Perry in the rare feat of winning the Cy Young Award in both the American and National Leagues (a feat since accomplished by Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay, and Max Scherzer). He is also the record holder for the lowest single-season WHIP in major league history (0.737 in 2000), and is the record holder for the lowest single-season Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) in the live ball era (1.39 in 1999). Although his performance suffered a steep decline in 2004, Martínez ended the season memorably, by helping the Red Sox end a long drought in winning their first World Series title, in 86 years.

Officially listed at 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) and 170 pounds (77 kg), Martínez was unusually small for a modern-day power pitcher, and is believed to have been somewhat smaller than his officially listed height and weight. In his early 30s, injuries began to keep him off the field to an increasing extent, with his appearances and success dropping off sharply, in his final seasons. Modern sabermetric analysis has strongly highlighted Martínez' achievements; his WHIP is the lowest of any live-ball era starting pitcher, his adjusted ERA+ is the best of any starting pitcher in major league history, and he has the third-highest strikeout-to-walk ratio in modern history. He dominated while pitching most often in a hitter-friendly ballpark and facing some of the toughest competition during the steroid era, which is generally thought to have favored batters. His dominance, reflected by modern statistics, has led many to consider Martinez as one of the greatest pitchers in MLB history. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015, his first year of eligibility, joining Juan Marichal as the second Dominican to be enshrined; his number (45) was retired by the Red Sox in a ceremony, two days after his Hall induction.

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