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How Red Sox starters performed on Opening Day in years they won World Series

How Red Sox starters performed on Opening Day in years they won World Series

It's pretty special to be the Opening Day starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. But, how well have those pitchers performed on Opening Day in years the Red Sox won the World Series?

Here's a look at the game scores as well and if the Sox won or lost each game.

Now let's take more of an in-depth look at the game stats starting with 2018's starter Chris Sale. 

Chris Sale: 2018 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Sale pitched six innings in a 6-4 loss to the Rays on March 29, 2018. He allowed one hit and no runs while striking out nine batters and walking three. It's safe to say Sale did his job on Opening Day in 2018, but that loss essentially didn't matter as Boston went on to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. 

Jon Lester: 2013 vs. New York Yankees

Lester tossed five innings in an 8-2 win over the Yankees on April 1, 2013. Although he allowed two runs on five hits, he fanned seven batters and only walked two. Not only did Lester do his job on the mound, but the batters shredded through C.C. Sabathia, driving in four runs on eight hits through five innings. 

Curt Schilling: 2007 vs. Kansas City Royals

Schilling wasn't his best against the Royals on April 2, 2007. He pitched just four innings in a 7-1 loss to Kansas City on Opening Day. He allowed five runs on eight hits while striking out five batters and walking two. 

Pedro Martinez: 2004 vs. Baltimore Orioles

Martinez pitched six innings in a 7-2 loss to the Orioles on Opening Day in 2004. He allowed just two runs on seven hits while striking out five batters and walking only one. Quite clearly Martinez wasn't the issue in 2004, his relief pitchers five runs in the loss. 

Babe Ruth: 1918 vs. Philadelphia Athletics

Ruth tossed nine innings in a 7-1 stomping of the Athletics in 1918. He allowed just one run on four hits while striking out three and walking just two batters. Ruth also averaged .333 at the plate in that game with one hit and two RBIs.

Babe Ruth: 1916 vs. Philadelphia Athletics

Ruth pitched 8.1 innings in a 2-1 victory over the Athletics on April 12, 1916. He allowed no runs on four hits while striking out six batters and walking two. In three plate appearances, Ruth struck out once.

Ernie Shore: 1915 vs. Philadelphia Athletics

Shore tossed eight innings in a 2-0 loss to the Athletics on Opening Day in 1915. He allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out three batters and walking four. 

Smoky Joe Wood: 1912 vs. New York Yankees

Wood pitched nine innings in a 5-3 win over the Yankees on April 11, 1912. He allowed seven hits while striking out two batters and walking three. 

*1903 info unavailable*

If you're keeping track, that's a 4-4 record on Opening Day in the years the Red Sox won the World Series. Quite frankly, Opening Day isn't the best measure of how the Sox will perform throughout the season.

Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

The Red Sox have employed all manner of center fielders throughout their history.

Whereas left field has generally been home to run producers and right to all-around threats, the men in the middle have covered a wide range of styles. There are straight speedsters like Jacoby Ellsbury, defensive dynamos like Jackie Bradley Jr., fun-loving eccentric types like Johnny Damon, underappreciated standouts like Ellis Burks, and even plodding sluggers like Tony Armas.

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Only in recent years have the Red Sox consistently prioritized defense in the role, from Coco Crisp to Ellsbury to Bradley.

But that doesn't mean they haven't featured some talented players there, including a turn-of-century Hall of Famer, the younger brother of baseball royalty, and the one who fans over 50 still lament got away.

Click here for the Top 5 center fielders in Red Sox history.

MLB's Top 100 players for 2020 season: Numbers 100-76

MLB's Top 100 players for 2020 season: Numbers 100-76

There was once a time when a list of baseball's top 100 players would've been dominated by men in their 30s or even 40s. In 2004, for instance, the NL MVP was 39-year-old Barry Bonds and the Cy Young went to 41-year-old Roger Clemens. It was the seventh respective award for each.

We now can be almost certain that neither accomplishment was achieved without help, but if any good came from that era, it's that it forced baseball to address its PED problem, which means that a top 100 list now looks very different.

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Our list will reflect that shift. What it won't include are three pitchers guaranteed not to play in 2020 because of Tommy John surgery — Noah Syndergaard of the Mets, Luis Severino of the Yankees, and of course Chris Sale of the Red Sox.

Over the next four weeks, NBC Sports Boston will unveil its top 100 players, 25 at a time, and the list is dominated by youth. Never have young players been so essential to winning, whether it's 20-year-old Juan Soto helping lead the Nationals to last fall's shocking World Series title, or 23-year-old Cody Bellinger being named NL MVP.

Click here for Part 1: Players ranked 100th to 76th on our list.