MLB Opening Day starting pitchers will be responsible for blocking out all the preseason chatter for the first game that actually matters, and managers generally choose their most trustworthy arms to set a positive tone.
The Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners, for example, already have this issue resolved. Only significant injury could prevent their consistent and overpowering rotation aces from taking the mound on April 1.
But the majority of teams don't have a clear-cut No. 1 guy. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres—just to name a few—will use lengthy processes during spring training in order to determine who is best suited to lead them out of the gate.
With fewer than two months to go until the regular season, these are the front-runners to take the mound on Opening Day for all 30 teams.