As I am sure any baseball fan would agree, there is no better feeling than Opening Day. The sun coming over the stadium in the morning, the ballpark filling, the teams taking batting practice and dueling it out for nine innings. So, with the season underway, let’s take a look at the best and worst starting pitching to start the year.
1. Dylan Bundy
Starting for the Orioles, Bundy had an excellent first appearance on Thursday. Bundy went seven innings and faced 26 batters. He gave up five hits but did not allow a single run as he exited after seven. Just one walk was given up and he struck out seven batters for a 26.9 K%. Opponents’ average was .200 and Bundy hit an impressive 0.86 WHIP and 1.34 FIP.
2. Chris Sale
Over in Boston, Sale went for one less inning than Dylan Bundy. Sale checks in at a 1.42 FIP in his first appearance against 22 total batters. Sale only gave up one hit but also walked three. No earned runs and nine strikeouts meant for a solid first game of the year for Chris Sale.
3. Jake Odorizzi
On the flip side of Dylan Bundy was Jake Odorizzi of Minnesota. Against the Twins, Odorizzi pitched six innings and gave up no runs. Odorizzi let up two hits, two walks and struck out seven against 22 batters. This was good for a 1.58 FIP and a 0.67 WHIP.
1. Jose Urena
Now to the less-than-stellar outings of the week. Jose Urena was the very first starting pitcher of the 2018 season; the first innings did not go as planned. Urena gave up four runs in the opening stanza. Urena lasted four innings, faced 24 batters, gave up 5 runs and two home runs. This meant for a pretty rough 13.67 FIP and a 2.50 WHIP.
2. Danny Duffy
Duffy faced the White Sox on Thursday, and again went only four innings. He gave up five runs on seven hits, two walks and three home runs. Duffy had just a 23.1% ground ball percentage and an 11.67 FIP.
3. Kendall Graveman
Graveman gave up five runs on three home runs against the Angels. A 9.00 ERA and 10.32 FIP lasted him 5 innings and 22 batters. Graveman did not walk a batter, and gave up just a .222 BABIP, so not all was lost. The Athletics ended up taking the win 6-5.