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DYK? Opening Day by the numbers
How has your team fared in season openers?
11/13/2017 10:36 PM ET
Sydney's Craig Anderson is tied with Brian Grening (Canberra) for most ABL Opening Day starts by a pitcher (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Sydney's Craig Anderson is tied with Brian Grening (Canberra) for most ABL Opening Day starts by a pitcher (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Opening Day is just two days away and with a fresh slate all six teams and fans start full of hope.

Statistically, Brisbane and Sydney supporters should enter Opening Day with a little extra confidence.

The Blue Sox own the best Opening Day record in ABL history, while a team defending its crown has started the following season with a loss on just one occasion.

Sydney has won five of its seven season-openers, including all three at Blacktown.

The Blue Sox host Adelaide for a second-straight season on Opening Day, looking to repeat last year's 13-4 victory.

Defending champions have also enjoyed plenty of success to start the season.

Only Perth in 2014 has started its defence of the Claxton Shield with defeat, as overall reigning ABLCS winners have gone 5-1 to start the following season.

Brisbane was one of those defending champions to start with a win last season when they overcame Canberra 3-2 at Holloway Field.

The Bandits' win over the Cavs snapped a five-game losing streak in season-openers, dating back to a season one win over Perth.

Brisbane and Canberra will be meeting for the fourth time in an Opening Weekend series.

Melbourne will look to extend its league-best two game Opening Day winning streak against Perth.

The Aces opened last season with an 8-1 victory over the Heat and are 3-1 in Opening Day contests at Melbourne Ballpark.

History shows season-opening results do not mean success in February.

Eventual champions are 3-4 in season-openers.

While only 13 of 23 playoff bound teams have started with a win.

Here are three memorable moments from the Opening Day vault:

Now New York Yankee Didi Gregorius took the first at-bat for Canberra in the relaunched ABL when he faced Sydney's Chris Oxspring. Gregorius flew out to centre fielder Mitch Dening and the league was underway. The Blue Sox won 1-0 in front of 1767 people at Blacktown, with Dening driving in Timothy Auty for the only run of the game in the eighth.

 

The Aces started the 2012/13 season - and life at Melbourne Ballpark - in style when Elliot Biddle hit a walk-off grand slam against Adelaide in round two. Melbourne loaded the bases against Bite reliever Richard Olson with the score tied at 1-1. With two outs Adelaide turned to closer Andrew Kittredge as it looked to avoid a fourth-straight loss to start the season. He could not get the out as Biddle sealed a memorable win with a grand slam to left field.

 

Import Malik Collymore quickly made himself a fan favourite in Sydney with a stunning Opening Day display in 2016. The centrefielder drove in six runs as he went 3-for-4 with a home run batting ninth in the order. The highlight of his highlight night was a fifth-inning grand slam to put the Blue Sox ahead 12-2. Sydney ended up winning 13-4 against the Bite.

 

OPENING DAY BY THE NUMBERS:

13 - Sydney's 13 runs against Adelaide last season were the most scored in a season-opener.

9 - The strikeout record by a pitcher in a season-opener. Perth ace Mike Ekstrom recorded nine strikeouts in seven innings in the Heat's 10-0 shutout of Sydney in 2013.

6 - The number of home runs Canberra has hit on Opening Day - most in the ABL.

4 - The number of Opening Day starts Brian Grening (Canberra) and Craig Anderson (Sydney) have made - most among pitchers.

4 - The most hits by an individual in a season-opening game. Ben Wigmore, Joe Sclafani, James Baldwin (Adelaide) and Casey Frawley (Canberra) have all enjoyed four-hit nights to start a season

2 - No team has ever hit more than two home runs in a season-opener. Melbourne allowed six against Brisbane in 2014, but the Bandits had opened their season a weekend earlier.

 

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.