James Shields is going to make his third consecutive Opening Day start for the Rays. No one else in franchise history has started more than two. In honor of that accomplishment lets take a quick look at who the Rays/Devil Rays have sent to the hill to begin the 10 seasons prior to Shields. It's not pretty:
That list really shows you how far this franchise has come in such a short time, not that Scott Kazmir was bad in 06-07. As long as Shields stays healthy he'll probably make the opening day start for the next couple of seasons. Those Alvarez-Trachsel-Lopez-Kennedy-Zambrano-Brazelton years were brutal though, weren't they?
Thank you, Mr. Shields.