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Tuesday BP: Who will be the Opening Day starter?

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Will it be Kevin Gausman or Johnny Cueto?

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Hello and happy Tuesday.

The San Francisco Giants season starts in just over a week, with a road game against the Seattle Mariners. Unless the Giants decide to forfeit, they will have a starting pitcher for that game.

Who will it be? Ultimately it doesn’t matter at all. An Opening Day starter is purely symbolic, as the No. 1 and No. 2 starters should, in theory, pitch the same amount of games.

But symbolism is still important, and the Giants have a two-horse race for the Opening Day nod: Kevin Gausman, and Johnny Cueto.

Gausman seemed the clear leader, given that he was substantially better than Cueto in 2020. But then he struggled a bit during Sunday’s game, while Cueto had a strong simulated performance.

Gausman certainly projects to be the better pitcher this year, but Cueto has that former ace sheen, and has meant more to the organization so far. As we’ve seen in the past, sometimes that’s enough.

So who gets the start?

Poll

Who will be the Giants Opening Day starter?

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    Johnny Cueto
    (204 votes)
  • 40%
    Kevin Gausman
    (183 votes)
  • 15%
    Ty Blach
    (69 votes)
456 votes total Vote Now

Old, random MCC article for you to read

Other Giants whose poor performance wasn’t their fault (Dec. 29, 2014 — Doug Bruzzone)


Giants links


How many days until Opening Day?

There are 9 days until Opening Day. We are in the single digits.

Have a great Tuesday, y’all.