Alright we made it through opening day. With the Mariners win I am 1-0.
Seattle (Vargas) at Oakland (Colon) in Tokyo, Japan
Bartolo Colon is 14-11 in 29 starts against the Mariners in his career, but hasn't faced them since 2009. Since Ichiro is the only person who has faced Colon, and is batting .300 against him, I am going to throw that win-loss record out the window. Meanwhile Vargas pitched against the Athletics five times last season alone, and while he went 1-3 he did have a decent ERA at 3.89. So what is more important having a pitcher who has seen a hitter a bunch of times and vice-versa, or having a pitcher who has never seen the hitters before? Because I think the pitcher has the advantage when they haven't seen the hitter, I'm going to go with Colon and the Athletics on this one.