2006: Barry Zito
2007: Dan Haren
2008: Joe Blanton
2009: Dallas Braden
2010: Ben Sheets
2011: Trevor Cahill
2012: Brandon McCarthy
2013: Brett Anderson
2014: Sonny Gray
Gray is likely to draw the April 6 start against Texas and end the streak. But let's take a look at where this run stacks up on the all-time list.
X different Opening Day Starting Pitchers in X Seasons
The Baseball-Reference Opening Day Starters section was vital in this search, as were Retrosheet's game logs for the seasons before 1914.
Cincinnati's string dates back to a time before the pitcher's mound was moved back to its current distance of 60 feet 6 inches. The 13 different hurlers are: Tony Mullane, Bumpus Jones, Tom Parrott, Frank Dwyer, Billy Rhines, Red Ehret, Ted Breitenstein, Pink Hawley, Bill Phillips, Noodles Hahn, Len Swormstedt, Jack Harper and Jack Sutthoff. Harper opened the 1905 season as he did in '03 and the streak was over.
The 20th-century mark of 12 is held by two clubs that did not hold onto their players for very long, the early Baltimore Orioles (including their last two years as the St. Louis Browns), and the Kansas City A's. Notice the Browns' other streak from 1939-49. That makes 22 different Opening Day starters in 25 years, with only Ned Garver's four-year streak from 1949-52 holding up the revolving door.
We'll see if Oakland will become the seventh team to reach double digits, but are any other active streaks threatening to crack the above list with eight? The Pirates have a seven-year run going (Ian Snell, Paul Maholm, Zach Duke, Kevin Correia, Erik Bedard, A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano), but Liriano might draw the opening start and snap the streak. Let's hope Clint Hurdle extends it to eight by electing to go with Gerrit Cole instead.
The Rangers have had six different starters the last six years (Kevin Millwood, Scott Feldman, C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, Tanner Scheppers), and will almost certainly tab Yu Darvish this time to stretch their streak to seven.
The full list of pitchers from the teams shown above:
Here is the complete series for each position (SP, C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, LF, CF, RF, DH)