Brewers' opening day starters over the years
Yovani Gallardo's opening day struggles continue, but that isn't an indicator of how he'll perform during the season. Here's a list of Milwaukee's opening day starters of the past 20 years and how they and the team faired the rest of the season.
Opening day, 2013, was Yovani Gallardo's fourth time taking the hill as the Brewers season starting ace. Critics have been pointing out that he has yet to register a win in those four starts. I say, too much emphasis is put on success or failure on opening day.
It's not always the case, but managers usually put their number one guy out there in the opener and this year, Gallardo is certainly the Brewers best starter. Even though he is winless in four consecutive opening day starts, he's proved to be Milwaukee's most reliable pitcher over the course of a season all four of those years.
That hasn't always been the case for past opening day starters. There have been some familiar names that have gone out and battled for this team and also some forgettable names that probably shouldn't have been thrown out there on day one.
A baseball season is a marathon and the first day of the season really is a blip on the radar. If a starter does well on opening day, he could have a terrible season. Conversely, if he has a poor first outing, he could go on to have a great year. It's really not a reflection one way or the other on how the season will go for the team or the pitcher.
Here's a list of Milwaukee's opening day starters over the past 20 years.