Every Houston Home Opening Day Starter

J.R. Richard holds up four baseballs, one for each of the four wins he racked up as a a five-time home opener starting pitcher for the Houston Astros from 1976 to 1980.

 

The following table is one we’ve worked tediously to present here as a strategic summary from the material available to all of us by the wonderful site that is Baseball Almanac. It show every Opening Day home game starter for the Astros over the entire 1962-2017 course of time to date – and also any Astros relief pitchers involved in these games as players who either picked up a decision or received credit for a “save”.

Further information on each of these games is available on the table we first included the other day as an excerpt from Baseball Almanac. This linked site will put you in touch with the box scores, plus the complete list of starters, relievers, and other players who appeared in each home Opening Day game for Houston each year through 2017.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/opening_day/odschedule.php?t=HOU

By this time, we are about as certain as any researcher/writer/editor/same guy can be that everything is accurate, but, if you find something that’s not, please get in touch with me and we will correct it on our column site.

Have fun.

~ Bill McCurdy, The Pecan Park Eagle Multi-Tasker

Every Houston Home Opening Day Starter, 1962-2017

YEAR OD FOE OUTCOME STARTER 1P RELIEVER REC IP
1962 CHI Cubs W, 11-2 Bobby Shantz, W 9.0
1963 SF Giants L, 2-9 Turk Farrell, L 3.0
1964 MIL Braves L, 5-6 Jim Owens 4.0 C Raymond, L 3.0
1965 PHI Phillies L, O-2 Bob Bruce, L 7.0
1966 LA Dodgers L, 3-6 Robin Roberts, L 4.0
1967 ATL Braves W, 6-1 Mike Cuellar, W 9.0
1968 PGH Pirates W, 5-4 Larry Dierker, W 9.0
1969 LA Dodgers L, 3-9 Denny LeMaster, L 5.0
1970 ATL Braves L, 0-5 Tom Griffin, L 4.1
1971 LA Dodgers W, 5-2 Larry Dierker, W 9.0
1972 SF Giants L, 0-5 Don Wilson, L 7.1
1973 LA Dodgers W, 4-1 Jerry Reuss, W 9.0
1974 LA Dodgers W, 5-3 Claude Osteen, W 7.1 Ken Forsch, Sv 1.2
1975 ATL Braves W, 6-2 Larry Dierker, W 9.0
1976 SF Giants W, 5-0 JR Richard, W 5.2 Ken Forsch, Sv 2.0
1977 Braves, 11 in W, 3-2 JR Richard 9.0 Ken Forsch, W 2.0
1978 SF Giants W, 5-0 JR Richard, W 5.2 Ken Forsch, Sv 2.0
1979 ATL Braves W, 2-1 JR Richard, W 5.1 J Andujar, Sv 3.2
1980 LA Dodgers W, 3-2 JR Richard, W 8.0 Joe Sambito, Sv 1.0
1981 Braves, 10 in L, 1-2 Bob Knepper 8.2 Joe Sambito, L 1.0
1982 SL Cardinals L, 3-14 Nolan Ryan, L 3.0
1983 LA Dodgers L. 7-16 Joe Niekro 3.0 Frank LaCorte, L 2.1
1984 MON Expos L, 2-4 Joe Niekro, L 7.0
1985 LA Dodgers W, 2-1 Nolan Ryan, W 7-0 Frank, DiPino, Sv 2.0
1986 SF Giants L, 3-8 Nolan Ryan, L 6.1
1987 LA Dodgers W, 4-3 Mike Scott, W 7.0 Dave Smith, Sv  2.0
1988 SD Padres W, 6-3 Mike Scott, W 8.0 Dave Smith, Sv 1.0
1989 ATL Braves W, 10-3 Mike Scott, W 7.0
1990 CIN Reds L, 4-8 Mike Scott 5.2 Charlie Kerfeld, L 0.2
1991 SF Giants W, 3-2 Mark Portugal, W 7.0 Dwayn Henry, Sv 2.0
1992 ATL Braves L, 0-2 Pete Harnisch, L 7.2
1993 PHI Phillies L, 1-3 Doug Drabek, L 8.0
1994 MON Expos W, 6-5 Pete Harnisch 7.0 Tom Edens, W 0.1
1995 COL Rockies L, 1-2 Darryl Kile, L 6.0
1996 LA Dodgers L, 3-4 Shane Reynolds, L 5.0
1997 ATL Braves W, 2-1 ShaneReynolds, W 8.0 Billy Wagner, Sv 1.0
1998 SF Giants L, 4-9 Shane Reynolds 6.0 CJ Nitkowski, L 1.2
1999 CHI Cubs W, 4-2 ShaneReynolds, W 6.0 Billy Wagner, Sv 1.0
2000 PHI Phillies L, 1-4 Octavio Dotel, L 6.0
2001 MIL Brewers W, 11-3 Scott Elarton, W 6.0
2002 MIL Brewers L, 3-9 Wade Miller, L 4.0
2003 COL Rockies W, 10-4 Roy Oswalt, W 7.0
2004 SF Giants L, 4-5 Roy Oswalt 7.1 Octavio Dotel, L 1.0
2005 SL Cardinals L, 3-7 Roy Oswalt, L 6.0
2006 FLA Marlins W, 1-0 Roy Oswalt, W 8.0 Brad Lidge, Sv 1.0
2007 PGH Pirates L, 2-4 Roy Oswalt 7.2 Chad Qualls, L 1.0
2008 SL Cardinals W. 5-3 Wandy Rodriguez 7.1 Jose Valverde, W 1.0
2009 CHI Cubs L, 2-4 Roy Oswalt, L 7.0
2010 SF Giants L, 2-5 Roy Oswalt, L 6.0
2011 FLA Marlins L. 3-4 Wandy Rodriguez 7.0 Wilton Lopez, L 1.0
2012 COL Rockies L, 3-5 Wandy Rodriguez 6.1 F Rodriguez, L 1.2
2013 TEX Rangers W, 8-2 Bud Norris, W 5.2 Eric Bedard, Sv 3.1
2014 NY Yankees W, 6-2 Scott Feldman, W 6.2
2015 CLE Indians W, 2-0 Dallas Keuchel, W 7.0 L Gregerson, Sv 1.0
2016 KC Royals W, 8-2 Collin McHugh, W 7.0
2017 Sea Mariners W, 3-0 Dallas Keuchel, W 7.0 Ken Giles, Sv

Bold Type Above: Complete Game Pitcher.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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One Response to “Every Houston Home Opening Day Starter”

  1. alampuntomycleats Says:

    Thanks for putting this together! This brings back some memories!

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