For the second year in a row Edinson Volquez has been named the starter for Opening Day. The difference this year is that the pitcher will be on the mound when the Miami Marlins face-off against the Washington nationals. Last season Volquez in the same position while pitching for the Kansas City Royals.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly cited experience and his performance during spring training as the reason why the newly acquired picture was chosen for the honor.
“Well Edinson is a guy who has been through a lot,” Mattingly said. "He's pitched opening day. He's pitched in the past. He's a guy who's been a solid consistent starter."
Last season, it was Wei-Yin Chen who took to the mound for the Marlins' opening day game. Mattingly also announce that Dan Straily will pitch the second game of the season, followed by Tom Koehler to close out the three-game set with the Nationals. The fourth starting to be the left-hander Chen who open the series against the Mets in New York on April 7.
The move to start the season means the Marlins have not had a picture repeat as the opening day starter since Josh Johnson did it over a three-year stretch from 2010 to 2012.
“Well it's kind of a big surprise to me, to pitch the first game," Volquez said. "I'm really happy for this opportunity. I'll do what I can to help this ballclub."
The Marlins start the first two series of the seasons on the road before they return home to Miami for the opening series against the Atlanta Braves.