List of San Francisco Giants Opening Day starting pitchers

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Barry Zito was the San Francisco Giants' Opening Day starting pitcher in 2007 and 2008.

The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball franchise based in San Francisco, California. They moved to San Francisco from New York City in 1958.[1] They play in the National League West 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,[2] though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day.[3] Through 2016, the Giants have used 30 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 58 seasons since moving to San Francisco. The 30 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 27 wins, 16 losses and 16 no decisions.[4] No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game.[5]

The first Opening Day game for the San Francisco Giants was played against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 15, 1958 at Seals Stadium, the Giants' first home ball park in San Francisco.[6] Rubén Gómez was the Giants' Opening Day starting pitcher that day, in a game the Giants lost 8–0.[6] That was the Giants' only Opening Day game at Seals Stadium. They also played in two other home parks in San Francisco: Candlestick Park from 1960 to 1999, and AT&T Park, previously called PacBell Park and SBC Park, since 2000.[7] The Giants' Opening Day starting pitchers had a record of seven wins, three losses and seven no decisions at Candlestick Park and have a record of two wins, one loss and one no decision at AT&T Park. That gives the San Francisco Giants' Opening Day starting pitchers a total home record of 10 wins, 4 losses and 8 no decisions. Their record in Opening Day road games is 17 wins, 12 losses, and 8 no decisions.[4]

Juan Marichal holds the San Francisco Giants' record for most Opening Day starts, with 10.[4] Marichal had a record in Opening Day starts of six wins, two losses and two no decisions. Tim Lincecum made four Opening Day starts for the Giants, and John Montefusco, Mike Krukow, John Burkett and Liván Hernández each made three Opening Day starts. Sam Jones, Vida Blue, Rick Reuschel, Mark Gardner, Kirk Rueter, Jason Schmidt and Barry Zito have each made two Opening Day starts for the Giants.[4][8][9] Marichal has the most wins in Opening Day starts for San Francisco, with six. Reuschel and Burkett are the only pitchers to have won more than one Opening Day start for San Francisco without a loss. Both have records in Opening Day starts of two wins and no losses. Burkett also has a no decision. Zito has the worst record for San Francisco in Opening Day starts, with no wins and two losses. Zito and Marichal have the most losses in Opening Day starts, with two apiece.[4] The Giants have played in the World Series six times since moving to San Francisco, in 1962, 1989, 2002, 2010, 2012 and 2014, winning in 2010, 2012 and 2014.[10] Their Opening Day starting pitchers in those years were Juan Marichal in 1962, Rick Reuschel in 1989, Liván Hernández in 2002, Tim Lincecum in 2010 and 2012, and Madison Bumgarner in 2014.[4] The Giants' Opening Day starting pitchers won four of their six Opening Day starts in those seasons, with their only loss coming in 2012 and a no decision in 2014.[4]


AT&T Park, formerly called Pac Bell Park and SBC Park, has been the Giants' home field since 2000 and has been the site of three Opening Day games through 2008.
Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Giants season.
W Win
L Loss
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Giants won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Giants lost game
Location Stadium in italics for home game
Pitcher (#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Giants
* Advanced to the post-season
** NL Champions
World Series Champions


Tim Lincecum was the Giants' Opening Day starting pitcher in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Kirk Rueter was the Giants' Opening Day starting pitcher in 2003 and 2004.
Jason Schmidt was the Giants' Opening Day starting pitcher in 2005 and 2006.
Season Pitcher Decision Final
Opponent Location Ref(s)
1958 Gómez, RubénRubén Gómez W 8–0 Los Angeles Dodgers Seals Stadium [6]
1959 Antonelli, JohnnyJohnny Antonelli[a] W 6–5 St. Louis Cardinals Sportsman's Park [11]
1960 Jones, SamSam Jones W 3–1 St. Louis Cardinals Candlestick Park [12]
1961 Jones, SamSam Jones (2) ND (L) 7–8 Pittsburgh Pirates Candlestick Park [13]
1962** Marichal, JuanJuan Marichal W 6–0 Milwaukee Braves Candlestick Park [14]
1963 Sanford, JackJack Sanford W 9–2 Houston Colt .45's Colt Stadium [15]
1964 Marichal, JuanJuan Marichal (2) W 8–4 Milwaukee Braves Candlestick Park [16]
1965 Marichal, JuanJuan Marichal (3) L 0–1 Pittsburgh Pirates Forbes Field [17]
1966 Marichal, JuanJuan Marichal (4) W 9–1 Chicago Cubs Candlestick Park [18]
1967 Marichal, JuanJuan Marichal (5) L 0–6 St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium [19]
1968 Marichal, JuanJuan Marichal (6) ND (W) 5–4 New York Mets Candlestick Park [20]
1969 Marichal, JuanJuan Marichal (7) ND (L) 4–5 Atlanta Braves Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium [21]
1970 Perry, GaylordGaylord Perry L 5–8 Houston Astros Candlestick Park [22]
1971* Marichal, JuanJuan Marichal (8) W 4–0 San Diego Padres San Diego Stadium [23]
1972 Marichal, JuanJuan Marichal (9) W 5–0 Houston Astros Astrodome [24]
1973 Marichal, JuanJuan Marichal (10) W 4–1 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium [25]
1974 Bradley, TomTom Bradley W 5–1 Houston Astros Candlestick Park [26]
1975 Barr, JimJim Barr W 2–0 San Diego Padres San Diego Stadium [27]
1976 Montefusco, JohnJohn Montefusco W 4–2 Los Angeles Dodgers Candlestick Park [28]
1977 Montefusco, JohnJohn Montefusco (2) L 1–5 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [29]
1978 Montefusco, JohnJohn Montefusco (3) ND (L) 2–3 San Diego Padres Candlestick Park [30]
1979 Blue, VidaVida Blue W 11–5 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium [31]
1980 Knepper, BobBob Knepper L 4–6 San Diego Padres San Diego Stadium [32]
1981 Blue, VidaVida Blue (2) ND (L) 1–4 San Diego Padres Candlestick Park [33]
1982 Holland, AlAl Holland ND (L) 3–4 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [34]
1983 Krukow, MikeMike Krukow L 13–16 San Diego Padres Candlestick Park [35]
1984 Davis, MarkMark Davis L 3–5 Chicago Cubs Candlestick Park [36]
1985 Hammaker, AtleeAtlee Hammaker ND (W) 4–3 San Diego Padres Candlestick Park [37]
1986 Krukow, MikeMike Krukow (2) W 8–3 Houston Astros Astrodome [38]
1987* Krukow, MikeMike Krukow (3) ND (W) 4–3 San Diego Padres Candlestick Park [39]
1988 Dravecky, DaveDave Dravecky W 5–1 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [40]
1989** Reuschel, RickRick Reuschel W 5–3 San Diego Padres Jack Murphy Stadium [41]
1990 Reuschel, RickRick Reuschel (2) W 8–0 Atlanta Braves Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium [42]
1991 Burkett, JohnJohn Burkett ND (L) 4–7 San Diego Padres Jack Murphy Stadium [43]
1992 Swift, BillBill Swift W 8–1 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [44]
1993 Burkett, JohnJohn Burkett (2) W 2–1 St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium [45]
1994 Burkett, JohnJohn Burkett (3) W 8–0 Pittsburgh Pirates Candlestick Park [46]
1995 Mulholland, TerryTerry Mulholland L 5–12 Atlanta Braves Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium [47]
1996 Leiter, MarkMark Leiter L 8–10 Atlanta Braves Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium [48]
1997* Gardner, MarkMark Gardner ND (L) 2–5 Pittsburgh Pirates Candlestick Park [49]
1998 Estes, ShawnShawn Estes ND (W) 9–4 Houston Astros Astrodome [50]
1999 Gardner, MarkMark Gardner (2) ND (W) 11–8 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium [51]
2000* Hernández, LivánLiván Hernández L 4–6 Florida Marlins Dolphin Stadium [52]
2001 Hernández, LivánLiván Hernández (2) W 3–2 San Diego Padres Pac Bell Park [53]
2002** Hernández, LivánLiván Hernández (3) W 9–2 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [54][55]
2003* Reuter, KirkKirk Reuter ND (W) 5–2 San Diego Padres Qualcomm Stadium [56][57]
2004 Reuter, KirkKirk Reuter (2) ND (W) 5–4 Houston Astros Minute Maid Park [58][59]
2005 Schmidt, JasonJason Schmidt W 4–2 Los Angeles Dodgers SBC Park [60][61]
2006 Schmidt, JasonJason Schmidt (2) L 1–6 San Diego Padres Petco Park [62][63]
2007 Zito, BarryBarry Zito L 0–7 San Diego Padres AT&T Park [64][65]
2008 Zito, BarryBarry Zito (2) L 0–5 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [66][67]
2009 Lincecum, TimTim Lincecum ND (W) 10–6 Milwaukee Brewers AT&T Park [8]
2010 Lincecum, TimTim Lincecum (2) W 5–2 Houston Astros Minute Maid Park [9]
2011 Lincecum, TimTim Lincecum (3) L 1–2 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [68]
2012 Lincecum, TimTim Lincecum (4) L 4–5 Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field [69]
2013 Cain, MattMatt Cain L 0–4 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [70]
2014 Bumgarner, MadisonMadison Bumgarner ND (W) 9–8 Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field [71]
2015 Bumgarner, MadisonMadison Bumgarner (2) W 5–4 Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field [72]
2016 Bumgarner, MadisonMadison Bumgarner (3) W 12–3 Milwaukee Brewers Miller Park [73]


  • a Johnny Antonelli had one Opening Day start for the San Francisco Giants in 1959. He also had three Opening Day starts for the New York Giants, in 1955, 1956 and 1957, giving him a total of four Opening Day starts for the Giants' franchise.[11][74][75][76]



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