The San Francisco Giants have named Kevin Gausman their opening day starter. The Giants open the season against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle on April 1st. In November, Gausman accepted a one-year qualifying offer to come back to the Giants for a second season. He will make $18.9 million in the 2021 season.
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Giants manager Gabe Kapler is happy for Gausman. “I think it’s a huge honor for Kevin and very well deserved based on performances last year and some of his lights-out outings already this spring,” Kapler said. “I’m really happy for him and excited to watch him pitch on opening day.”
Last season Gausman pitched 12 games, had a record of 3-3. He also posted a 3.62 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 3.09 FIP, and a career-best 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Gausman has a 50-66 record with a 4.26 ERA and 934 strikeouts for his career. The starting pitcher last opening day start was in 2017 with the Baltimore Orioles.
Gausman is honored to have the ball on opening day. “I feel honored taking the ball in any one of those first five games, being one of those top five guys, but yeah, it would be a lot of fun, for sure,” he said. Hopefully, Gausman can get the Giants’ season off to a good start.