Well hello, 2012 …
At long last, I can say this: Happy Opening Day, all. We’re about four hours away from first pitch at Angel Stadium, with Jered Weaver taking the ball against Bruce Chen, Albert Pujols debuting and Kendrys Morales (likely) being in a regular-season starting lineup for the first time since May 2010.
Some links to get you ready …
- Finally, Pujols is set to make his Opening Day debut
- Weaver eager to get year started
- Anticipation runs high as Halos get light work
- Morales, Mark Trumbo likely to be in OD lineup
- In new home, Pujols not distracted by doubters
- With Pujols and C.J. Wilson, Angels aiming high in 2012
- Humble Weaver is true lead dog for Angels
Some Opening Day factoids …
- The Angels have won seven of their last eight Opening Day games.
- Pujols is batting .415 (17-for-41) with four homers for his career on Opening Day. His .379 batting average against the Royalsis his highest vs. any club (minimum of 50 at-bats).
- Weaver is making his third straight OD start and fourth overall. He’s one of five Angels pitchers to make four or more OD starts, joining Mike Witt (five), Chuck Finley (four), Mark Langston (four) and Frank Tanana (four).
- Over the last 10 years, the Angels are 57-29 against the Royals, including a 26-14 mark at home.
Some memorable Opening Days in club history, courtesy of the Angels PR department …
- April 6, 1973: Nolan Ryan makes his first Opening Day start with the Angels, beating the Royals, 3-2, by striking out 12 in a complete game.
- April 6, 1977: Tanana hurls a complete-game shutout in the Angels’ 7-0 win over the Mariners.
- April 8, 1986: Bobby Grich homers off the first pitch of the season in Seattle.