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David Price Ends Justin Verlander’s Opening Day Streak At Seven Straight

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images

David Price will start Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers in 2015. This will break Justin Verlander’s streak of seven straight Opening Day starts from 2008 to 2014. This is significant, not just because Verlander won’t be the starter, but because the Detroit Tigers are showing that they want David Price to sign a long term contract with their team. If they didn’t believe they could sign David Price to a long term contract, then Verlander would’ve been a better pick because the Tigers have already committed guaranteed money to him for the next five years (through 2019).

Making Verlander the Opening Day starter would’ve served the purpose of showing Tigers fans that he is still their number one guy, while David Price is still a question mark for their future plans. So, even though David Price has yet to sign on for the future, it shows me that the Tigers front office have plans to give him a contract extension offer that will be very hard to turn down. He may still turn it down however, but I feel the Tigers will make a better effort to sign Price than they did with Max Scherzer

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David Price Beats Out Justin Verlander For Opening Day 2015

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Side note: “On Tuesday, April 6, 1993, Jack Morris set a major league record by making his 14th consecutive opening day start, an impressive achievement since he played on numerous title-contending teams.” (Wikipedia)

With Verlander’s streak now ending at 7 consecutive years, it’s safe to say that 14 will be a hard record to break.

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