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MLB Opening Day Starters

American League


East


Tampa Bay Rays: Shane McClanahan
This would be Tyler Glasnow but he's still in the recovery process. We'll see Tyler early this season however. McClanahan is coming off an impressive rookie campaign in which he started 25 games pitching to a 3.43 era. He racked up 141 strikeouts in just 123.1 innings pitched. He was impressive after the All-Star break pitching to a 2.84 era in 12 starts.

Boston Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi
Chris Sale is the name everyone expects here but his time with the Red Sox has been ravished with injuries. Eovaldi put together a solid season in 2021, he made 32 starts for Boston pitching 182.1 innings to the tune of a 3.75 era. He's had consistency issues but when he's on the flamethrowing righty is up there with the best of them.

New York Yankees: Gerrit Cole
This will be Cole's third straight Opening Day start since inking his $324 million dollar contract. Cole's performed well to open things up for the Yankees, through 2 opening day starts he's allowed just 3 ER in 10.1 innings pitched. He won his 2020 Opener and received no decision in 2021.

Toronto Blue Jays: Jose Berrios
The Blue Jays acquired Berrios at the trade deadline last year and inked him to a 7 year deal last November. He's been a staple of consistency in the league since he's found his footing. He pitched 12 games with Toronto in 2021 going 5-4 with a 3.58 era. Toronto gets a nice lift with Rogers Centre returning to full capacity this year.

Baltimore Orioles: John Means
John is one of the few bright spots on this young Orioles team. He opened the season for them last year and threw 7 1 hit innings against Boston. The big lefty owns a career 3.82 era in 4 seasons with Baltimore. He's the only reliable arm in the Orioles starting rotation.

Central


Chicago White Sox: To Be Announced

Cleveland Guardians: Shane Bieber
Indians turn to their Ace to open for the third straight year. In his two previous opening day starts he went a total of 12 innings with a 2.25 era while racking up an impressive 26 strikeouts.

Detroit Tigers: Eduardo Rodriguez
Rodriguez signed a 5 year contract with Detroit this off-season after a down year, he pitched to a 4.74 era across 32 appearances in 2021. He didn't play in 2020 but the Tigers hope to capture his 2018 and 2019 form that saw him pitch to a 3.81 era. He's making his first career opening day start.

Kansas City Royals: Zack Greinke
Zack returns to KC to open things up 12 years apart from his last Opening day start for the organization that drafted him out of High School in 2002. At 38 years old he's not quite what he used to be as he's diminished quite a bit from his Cy Young form but he's a reliable starter.

Minnesota Twins: Joe Ryan
Twins turn to rookie Joe Ryan for Opening Day. He has just 5 big league starts under his belt from last season. He pitched 26.2 innings with an era of 4.05. He had an impressive WHIP of .79, the long ball hurt him last year.

West


Houston Astros: Framber Valdez
Verlander is coming off of Tommy John surgery and Houston looks to ease the 39 year old future hall of famer back into things so the lefty gets the nod. Valdez cemented himself as a quality starter last year, he started 22 games pitching to a 3.14 era over 134.2 innings. Framber missed the beginning portion of the season last year recovering from finger surgery.