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Opening Day Nuggetpalooza: The Teams

03.30.11 at 8:39 am ET
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Start getting ready for tomorrow’s Opening Day with a big batch of Opening Day nuggets! Today’s focus is on team results in their openers over the years:

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* – Since 2000, there have been 175 stolen bases in opening games in the majors. The Red Sox have exactly none of them. They are the only team in the majors without a stolen base in an opener this century.

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* – While the Sox have not recorded a steal in an opener in the 2000′s, they’ve allowed 16 steals in that span on opening day, the most in baseball:

16 – Red Sox
12 – Padres
11 – Yankees
11 – Giants

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* – Over the last seven seasons, the New York Mets own the best opening game record (6-1), while the Astros, A’s, and Nationals/Expos have all gone 1-6 on opening day. Houston has managed a total of just eight runs in their last six openers.

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* – The Mets can thank a league-high streak of seven straight openers with nine or more hits for that gaudy record.

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* – The Yankees have allowed 9 and 10 runs in their last two openers, while the Angels have allowed a total of just seven runs in their last four opening games.

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* – Every team except Boston and Oakland has allowed two or fewer runs in at least one of their last seven openers.

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* – Oakland has been shut out three times in their last six opening games.

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* – The Cubs have averaged 7.4 runs per opening game in the last seven seasons, tops in the majors:

7.4 – Cubs
7.3 – Yankees
6.0 – Rockies

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* – Only five teams (Rays, Mets, Astros, Tigers, Indians) have avoided allowing any unearned runs in their last seven openers, while the Reds have allowed 11 of them.

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* – The Yankees have homered in each of their last 12 opening games, the longest active streak in the majors. Boston’s opening day opponent, Texas, holds the second longest such streak, having homered in nine consecutive openers.

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* – Kansas City has hit multiple home runs in just one opener over the last 20 years.

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* – Oakland has allowed at least one homer in their last seven openers, the longest such streak in the league.

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* – The Marlins have allowed more than one homer in an opening game just twice in their 18 years of existence and have never allowed more than eight runs in an opener.  Baltimore has not allowed 10 or more runs in any of their last 21 openers, the longest current streak in the league.

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* – The Royals have not scored 10 or more runs in an opener since 1979 (31 straight). The Twins have not done it since 1975 (35 in a row). But the A’s take the cake. The last time they broke double figures in a season opener was way back in 1929, in a 13-4 rout of Washington. The PHILADELPHIA A’s were led that day by Jimmie Foxx and Mickey Cochrane. They’ve now gone through two cities (Kansas City and Oakland) and 81 openers without putting up a ten-spot.

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* – Seattle has not reached double figures in hits in any of their last 12 opening games, the longest active streak in the league. They’ve averaged just 6.1 opening day hits in that span.

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* – The Angels have collected EXACTLY nine hits in each of their last four openers.

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* – Since 1995, Boston has allowed four hits or fewer four times on opening day, tied for the most such games in that span with… Pittsburgh?

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* – Over the last seven seasons, home teams are 57-48 (.542) in opening games. The Yankees are 3-0 when their opener has been at home while the Red Sox are 2-0. Houston has opened at home six times in the last seven seasons and are 1-5 in those games. Surprisingly, the Cardinals have opened at home four times and lost all four. Other than those four games, St. Louis has gone 339-222 (.604) at home over that span.

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