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The Candidates: Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley, Bronson Arroyo
The Arizona Diamondbacks will open up the 2014 campaign at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney Australia on March 22 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and for the first time in three years Ian Kennedy won't be the Opening Day starter.
With Kennedy long since jettisoned to the San Diego Padres, a new pitcher will step up to claim the gig.
Wade Miley tops the list in terms of service time with the Diamondbacks. The left-hander has made 69 starts across parts of three seasons and enjoyed a strong end to 2013. After the All-Star break, Miley went 4-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 14 starts.
In terms of overall seniority, the newly signed Bronson Arroyo also joins the conversation. The 14-year veteran is no ace, but he's also remarkably consistent. The right-hander has racked up at least 199 innings of work in each of the past nine campaigns.
In the end, though, the nod has to go to Patrick Corbin. The left-hander got off to an electric start in 2013, as he went 11-1 with a 2.35 ERA in the first half to earn an All-Star selection. Of course, the starter floundered badly after the break as he went 3-7 with a 5.19 ERA in his final 13 starts.
Still, on a club where it's difficult to distinguish the No.1 starter from the No. 5, Corbin is the logical choice to start on Opening Day.
The Starter: Corbin