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Indians Home Openers: By the Numbers

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 6, 2013

As we draw closer to Monday and the first game at Progressive Field this season, here's a look at how the Tribe has fared in home openers. 

Overall record: 58-54 (.523 winning percentage) 

Record in one-run games: 19-15

Winningest pitcher: Bob Feller, with four

Record in home openers against the Yankees: 2-3 (note: in 1996, a young Derek Jeter hit his first career home run in a 7-1 win over the Tribe to start the season and in 1975, the Indians won 5-3 behind a complete game from Gaylord Perry).

Largest attendance figures: The Indians own the three largest all-time crowds in American League history for home openers (74,420 against Detroit in 1973; 73, 290 against New York in 1993, the last at Cleveland Municipal Stadium; 73,163 against the St. Louis Browns in 1948, the year Cleveland won the World Series). Last year's attendance of 43,190 was the largest in the Progressive Field era. 

By the decade: Since the 1970s, the Tribe has had a winning percentage better than .500 in a decade only once (6-4 between 1990-1999). In the 70s, 80s and 2000s, the Indians were 5-5 and haven't won any in this decade (0-3).  

Recent struggles: The Indians have lost their last four home openers by a combined score of 23-39. This of course includes last year's 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays in 16 innings, the Major League record for the longest opener in baseball history. The longest losing streak in home openers for the Indians is six, from 1906-1911. 


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