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Brett Myers was the Opening Day starter for the Phillies in 2007, 2008, and 2009, with a record of 0–1–2.
The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball franchise based in . They play in the National League East division. Also known in early franchise history as the "Philadelphia Quakers", the Phillies have used 71 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 126 seasons. Where decisions are known, the 71 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 32 wins, 39 losses and 20 no decisions (32–39–20); where decisions are unknown, the team's record was 17–19. No decisions are awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game. It can also result if a starting pitcher does not pitch five full innings, even if his team retains the lead and wins.

Hall of Famemarker left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton has the most Opening Day starts for the Phillies, with 14, compiling a record of 3–9–2. He is followed by Robin Roberts (twelve starts; 5–6–1), Chris Short (six starts; 3–1–2), and Curt Schilling (five starts; 2–0–3). Grover Cleveland Alexander also made five Opening Day starts for the Phillies, equal to Schilling; however, no information on his decisions in those games is available. The team's record in his five Opening Day starts is 4–1.

Roberts holds the Phillies' record for most wins in Opening Day starts with five. Art Mahaffey has the best record in Opening Day starts for the franchise; though many players have won their only Opening Day start, Mahaffey started and won two Opening Day games, for a winning percentage of 1.000. Conversely, George McQuillan is the only player to have a .000 winning percentage in more than one Opening Day start (0–2–0 in two starts). Brett Myers has a .000 winning percentage in his three starts, but has accumulated two no decisions (0–1–2). Carlton has the most Opening Day losses for the team, with nine.

The Phillies have played in six home ballparks. Their best overall Opening Day record is at Shibe Parkmarker (also known as Connie Mack Stadium), where they won 11 Opening Day games out of 14 played there (11–3). The team also owned a 8–17 Opening Day record at Baker Bowlmarker (initially known as the Philadelphia Baseball Grounds), with 1 tie. Recreation Park's Opening Day record is 1–2, while Veterans Stadiummarker has the lowest winning percentage (.200), with 2 wins and 8 losses. The Phillies currently play at Citizens Bank Parkmarker, where they are 1–4 on Opening Day.

The Phillies have played in six World Series championships in their history, winning in 1980 and 2008. Carlton won his Opening Day start against the Montréal Expos in 1980, while Myers received a no-decision against the same franchise (now the Washington Nationals) in 2008, a game that the Phillies eventually lost. Carlton also started Opening Day in 1983, the year that the Phillies lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. Alexander started Opening Day in 1915, the Phillies' first World Series appearance, while Roberts started the first game of 1950, and Terry Mulholland the first game of 1993.

Key

Season (#) Each year is linked to an article about the Major League Baseball season;

numbers indicate the game number during that Opening Day, in the case of a doubleheader.
Final score (#) Game score with winning team's runs listed first; extra innings in parentheses
Location Stadium in italics denotes a Phillies' home game
Pitcher (#) Number of appearances as the Phillies' Opening Day starter
W Win
L Loss
T Tie
ND (W or L) No decision by starting pitcher; game result in parentheses
(W or L) Game result in parentheses; information about decision unavailable
* Advanced to the post-season
§ Won the National League Championship Series
Won the World Series


Starting pitchers

Grover Cleveland Alexander (team 4–1 in five Opening Day starts)
Curt Schilling (2–0–3 in five Opening Day starts)
Kevin Millwood (1–1 in two Opening Day starts)
Jon Lieber (1–1 in two Opening Day starts)
Season Pitcher Decision Final score Opponent Location Reference
(1) (L) 4–3 Providence Grays Recreation Park
(1) (W) 13–2 Detroit Wolverines Recreation Park
(2) (L) 8–2 Providence Grays Recreation Park
(1) (L) 6–3 Washington Nationals Swampoodle Groundsmarker
(1) (L) 4–3 New York Giants Polo Grounds I
(1) (L) 4–3 Boston Beaneaters South End Grounds II
(1) (W) 8–4 Washington Nationals Swampoodle Groundsmarker
(2) (W) 4–0 New York Giants Polo Grounds II
(3) (L) 14–8 Brooklyn Grooms Philadelphia Baseball Groundsmarker
(1) (L) 5–4 New York Giants Philadelphia Baseball Groundsmarker
(1) (W) 7–5 Brooklyn Grooms Philadelphia Baseball Groundsmarker
(2) (L) 4–2 Washington Senators Boundary Fieldmarker
(1) (W) 7–6 Baltimore Orioles (NL) Union Park
(2) (L) 7–3 Boston Beaneaters Baker Bowlmarker
(1) (W) 6–5 Boston Beaneaters South End Grounds III
(1) (L) 7–6 New York Giants Baker Bowlmarker
(1) (W) 6–5 Washington Senators Baker Bowlmarker
(2) (W) 19–17 Boston Beaneaters South End Grounds III
(1) (L) 12–7 Brooklyn Superbas Baker Bowlmarker
(1) (L) 7–0 New York Giants Polo Grounds III
(1) (L) 8–3 Boston Beaneaters Baker Bowlmarker
(1) (W) 6–2 Boston Beaneaters Baker Bowlmarker
(1) (W) 12–8 Brooklyn Superbas Washington Park III
(1) (L) 3–2 New York Giants Baker Bowlmarker
(1) (W) 3–0 New York Giants Polo Grounds III
(1) (L) 3–1 New York Giants Baker Bowlmarker
(1) (L) 9–5 Boston Doves South End Grounds III
(2) (L) 2–0 Brooklyn Superbas Baker Bowlmarker
(1) W 2–0 New York Giants Polo Grounds IV
(1) (L) 7–4 Boston Braves South End Grounds III
(1) (W) 1–0 Brooklyn Superbas Ebbets Fieldmarker
(2) (W) 10–1 New York Giants Baker Bowlmarker
* (3) (W) 3–0 Boston Braves Fenway Parkmarker
(4) (W) 5–4 New York Giants Baker Bowlmarker
(5) (W) 6–5 Brooklyn Robins Ebbets Fieldmarker
(1) (W) 5–2 Boston Braves Baker Bowlmarker
(1) (L) 10–7 New York Giants Baker Bowlmarker
(1) L 9–2 Brooklyn Robins Ebbets Fieldmarker
(1) ND (L) 10–8 (11) New York Giants Baker Bowlmarker
(1) W 7–1 Boston Braves Braves Fieldmarker
(1) ND (T) 5–5 Brooklyn Robins Ebbets Fieldmarker
(2) ND (T) 6–6 (11) Boston Braves Baker Bowlmarker
(1) L 3–1 Brooklyn Robins Ebbets Fieldmarker
(2) W 6–3 Boston Braves Baker Bowlmarker
(3) L 15–7 New York Giants Baker Bowlmarker
(3) W 4–3 Brooklyn Robins Ebbets Fieldmarker
(1) L 11–9 New York Giants Baker Bowlmarker
(1) W 1–0 Brooklyn Robins Ebbets Fieldmarker
(1) L 9–5 New York Giants Baker Bowlmarker
(1) W 13–5 New York Giants Polo Grounds IV
(1) L 5–4 Brooklyn Robins Baker Bowlmarker
(1) L 6–1 New York Giants Polo Grounds IV
(1) L 12–3 Brooklyn Dodgers Baker Bowlmarker
(2) W 4–1 Boston Braves Baker Bowlmarker
(1) ND (W) 2–1 (11) Boston Braves Braves Fieldmarker
(1) W 1–0 Boston Braves Braves Fieldmarker
(1) ND (L) 12–5 Brooklyn Dodgers Baker Bowlmarker
(1) ND (L) 7–6 (12) Boston Braves Braves Fieldmarker
(1) W 3–1 New York Giants Polo Grounds IV
(1) W 6–5 Boston Braves Shibe Parkmarker
(1) L 2–1 Boston Braves Shibe Parkmarker
(1) L 11–4 Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Fieldmarker
(1) W 4–1 Brooklyn Dodgers Shibe Parkmarker
(1) L 8–2 Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Fieldmarker
(1) L 8–4 New York Giants Polo Grounds IV
(1) W 4–3 New York Giants Shibe Parkmarker
(1) W 3–1 Boston Braves Shibe Parkmarker
(1) W 4–0 Boston Braves Braves Fieldmarker
* (1) W 9–1 Brooklyn Dodgers Shibe Parkmarker
(2) W 5–2 Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Fieldmarker
(3) L 5–3 New York Giants Polo Grounds IV
(4) L 4–1 Brooklyn Dodgers Connie Mack Stadiummarker
(5) L 4–2 Pittsburgh Pirates Forbes Fieldmarker
(6) W 4–2 New York Giants Connie Mack Stadiummarker
(7) W 8–6 Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Fieldmarker
(8) L 7–6 Brooklyn Dodgers Connie Mack Stadiummarker
(9) ND (W) 5–4 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Fieldmarker
(10) W 2–1 Cincinnati Reds Connie Mack Stadiummarker
(11) L 9–4 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Fieldmarker
(12) L 6–2 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Memorial Coliseummarker
(1) W 12–4 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Fieldmarker
(2) W 2–1 Cincinnati Reds Connie Mack Stadiummarker
(1) ND (W) 5–3 New York Mets Connie Mack Stadiummarker
(1) W 2–0 Houston Astros Astrodomemarker
(2) ND (W) 3–2 (12) St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium Imarker
(1) L 4–2 Chicago Cubs Wrigley Fieldmarker
(3) W 2–0 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadiummarker
(4) ND (L) 7–6 Chicago Cubs Wrigley Fieldmarker
(5) W 2–0 Chicago Cubs Connie Mack Stadiummarker
(6) L 4–2 Pittsburgh Pirates Three Rivers Stadiummarker
(1) W 4–2 Chicago Cubs Wrigley Fieldmarker
(2) L 3–0 New York Mets Shea Stadiummarker
(3) ND (W) 5–4 New York Mets Veterans Stadiummarker
(4) L 2–1 New York Mets Shea Stadiummarker
* (1) ND (L) 5–4 Pittsburgh Pirates Veterans Stadiummarker
* (5) L 4–3 Montréal Expos Veterans Stadiummarker
* (6) L 5–1 St. Louis Cardinals Veterans Stadiummarker
(7) L 8–1 St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium IImarker
(8) W 6–3 Montréal Expos Veterans Stadiummarker
* (9) ND (L) 3–2 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadiummarker
(10) L 7–2 New York Mets Veterans Stadiummarker
§ (11) L 2–0 New York Mets Shea Stadiummarker
(12) W 5–0 Atlanta Braves Atlanta-Fulton County Stadiummarker
(13) L 6–0 Atlanta Braves Veterans Stadiummarker
(14) L 7–4 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadiummarker
(1) L 6–0 Atlanta Braves Atlanta-Fulton County Stadiummarker
(2) L 5–3 Pittsburgh Pirates Veterans Stadiummarker
(1) L 5–3 Chicago Cubs Wrigley Fieldmarker
(1) ND (L) 2–1 Chicago Cubs Wrigley Fieldmarker
(1) L 2–1 New York Mets Shea Stadiummarker
(2) L 4–3 Chicago Cubs Veterans Stadiummarker
§ (3) W 3–1 Houston Astros Astrodomemarker
(1) ND (W) 12–6 Colorado Rockies Mile High Stadiummarker
(2) ND (L) 7–6 St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium IImarker
(1) L 5–3 Colorado Rockies Veterans Stadiummarker
(3) W 3–0 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadiummarker
(4) ND (L) 1–0 (14) New York Mets Shea Stadiummarker
(5) W 7–4 Atlanta Braves Turner Fieldmarker
(1) L 6–4 Arizona Diamondbacks Bank One Ballparkmarker
(1) ND (W) 6–5 (13) Florida Marlins Pro Player Stadiummarker
(1) L 7–2 Atlanta Braves Turner Fieldmarker
(1) W 8–5 Florida Marlins Pro Player Stadiummarker
(2) L 2–1 Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Parkmarker
(1) W 8–4 Washington Nationals Citizens Bank Parkmarker
(2) L 13–5 St. Louis Cardinals Citizens Bank Parkmarker
* (1) ND (L) 5–3 Atlanta Braves Citizens Bank Parkmarker
(2) ND (L) 11–6 Washington Nationals Citizens Bank Parkmarker
§ Brett Myers (3) L 4–1 Atlanta Braves Citizens Bank Parkmarker


Footnotes

  • Ties were technically possible in baseball until several rule changes beginning in 2007; however, ties were rare in practice due to the extra-innings rules.
  • In 1907, the Giants forfeited the opening day game to the Phillies, who won 3–0.
  • In 1923, the opening day game ended in a tie with the Brooklyn Robins, 5–5. The teams played again the following day, with the Robins defeating the Phillies, 6–5.
  • In 1924, the opening day game ended in a tie with the Boston Braves, 6–6. The teams played again the following day, with the Braves defeating the Phillies, 4–3, in 10 innings.
  • In 1937, the Phillies played the Boston Braves in a doubleheader on Opening Day, winning both games. Reliever Syl Johnson started game one, but did not factor in the decision, as the game went to 11 innings. Starter Bucky Walters won game two.


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