How have this season’s starters fared on past Opening Days?

Roughly 486 hours of baseball (not including any 20-inning games against the Miami Marlins) will be played by the New York Mets this season, starting on Monday. With an MLB-best record of 34-18 (.654) on Opening Days, let’s hope the Mets do on Monday what they usually do on Opening Days—win. The law of averages will eventually kick in during the season, but here’s what this year’s players have done on past Opening Days in the majors.

Warning: There are some small sample sizes ahead.

photo   © 2012   slgckgc , Flickr

photo © 2012 slgckgc , Flickr

David Wright

Opening Day average: .343

Career average: .301

David Wright has gotten at least one hit in every Opening Day game he’s played in, except for the 2011 opener against the Marlins. Wright’s consistent hitting is present from the very start of a season, as he’s hit multiple doubles and homers, and has drawn plenty of walks over the past nine Opening Days.

The Breakdown:

2005: 1-4, 1 double

2006: 2-4, 1 RBI, solo homer

2007: 1-4

2008: 2-4, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 doubles

2009: 1-3, 2 BB

2010: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2-run homer

2011: 0-4, 2 SO

2012: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB

2013: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Ike Davis

Opening Day average: .000

Career average: .242

As a starter on Opening Day lineup, Ike Davis has gone 0-12 with seven strikeouts, including a golden sombrero that kicked off his horrendous 2013 season.

The Breakdown:

2011: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO

2012: 0-4, 2 SO

2013: 0-5, 4 SO

Curtis Granderson

Opening Day average: .219

Career average: .261

Over his six Opening Day starts, Granderson has struck out eight times and has hit three solo shots.

The Breakdown:

With the Detroit Tigers:

2006: 0-5, 3 SO

2007 2-5, 1 SO, 1 double

2008: Not in Opening Day lineup

2009: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, solo homer

With the New York Yankees:

2010: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, solo homer

2011: 1-3, 1 SO, solo homer

2012: 0-5, 2 SO

2013: Not in Opening Day lineup

Lucas Duda

Opening Day average: .000

Career average: .246

Lucas Duda has yet to record a hit in his two starts and one appearance as a pinch hitter on Opening Day over the past three years.

The Breakdown:

2011: 0-1

2012: 0-4, 2 SO

2013: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 SO

Daniel Murphy

Opening Day average: .367

Career average: .290

Murphy is a respectable 5-14 with one home run and one double over his three starts in an Opening Day lineup.

The Breakdown:

2009: 1-5, 2 RBI, solo homer

2012: 2-4, 1 double

2013: 2-5, 1 RBI

Ruben Tejada

Opening Day average: .250

Career average: .259

Tejada is 2-6 over his two Opening Day starts with 1 walk, 1 double, and 1 strikeout.

The Breakdown:

2012: 0-2, 1 BB

2013: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 double, 1 SO

Chris Young

Opening Day average: .206

Career average: .236

Young is 6-28 over his six Opening Day starts with two homers and two doubles.

The Breakdown:

With the Arizona Diamondbacks:

2007: 1-5

2008: 1-4, solo homer, 3 SO

2009: 1-5, double

2010: 0-4, 1 SO

2011: 2-6, 1 double

2012: 1-4, 2-run homer

Eric Young, Jr.

Opening Day average: .000

Career average: .258

Though Juan Lagares has shown he deserves a spot in the outfield, the Mets seem to overvalue Eric Young, Jr. EY has yet to start in an Opening Day game—he’s appeared only as a pinch runner and pinch hitter.

The Breakdown:

With the Colorado Rockies:

2012: Scored 1 run as a pinch runner

2013: 0-1, 1 SO as a pinch hitter

Bartolo Colon

Opening Day ERA: 2.93

Career ERA: 3.94

Though Dillon Gee will get the first start this year, Colon has been pretty dominant in his six Opening Day outings. Aside from 2001’s Opening Day with the Indians and 2006’s Opening Day with the Angels, Colon has a 0.77 ERA in Opening Day starts. Even adding in those two poor starts brings his ERA up to a respectable 2.93.

The Breakdown:

With the Cleveland Indians:

2000: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR, 1.80 ERA (4-1 win against the Baltimore Orioles)

2001: 7 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 9.00 ERA (4-7 loss against the Chicago White Sox)

2002: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 SO, 0.00 ERA (6-0 win against the Anaheim Angels)

With the Anaheim Angels:

2004: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA (10-5 win against the Seattle Mariners)

2005: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 1.35 ERA (3-2 win against the Texas Rangers)

2006: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 5.40 ERA (5-4 win against the Seattle Mariners)

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