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Game of the Week: Cardinals vs. Cubs Preview

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Finally Opening Day is here and we kick it off with the St. Louis Cardinals against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field with first pitch scheduled for 8:05 pm.

Recap

Starting Sunday night, the Cubs and Cardinals will meet for the 2,346th time overall, with the Cubs holding a slim margin in the series with a record of 1189-1136.

Starters

CardinalsAdam Wainwright, RHP (0-0, 0.00)

Wainwright comes into the 2015 season with a career record of 119-66, and a 3.01 ERA. He is a 3-time all star, a World Series Champion and finished in the top three for the Cy Young award in four of the last five seasons. In his career against the Cubs, Wainwright is 3-1, 3.38 ERA, with 27 strike outs in 32.0 innings. He is starting his fourth Opening Day for the Red Birds which ties him with Bob Forsch, and Flint Rhem for third behind Chris Carpenter (5), Dizzy Dean (5). Bob Gibson leads all with 10 Opening Day starts for the Cardinals.

CubsJon Lester, LHP (0-0, 0.00)

Lester, who will pitch for a National League club for the first time, comes with with a career record of 116-67, and a 3.58 ERA. He is a 3-time all star, a 2-time World Series Champion and has finished in the top four of the Cy Young award twice in his career. This will be the first time that Lester faces the Cardinals and starter Wainwright, since the 2013 World Series, when he went 2-0, with a 0.59 ERA, allowing only one run on nine hits, and striking out 15 in 15.1 innings. Lester looks to get the Cubs started on the right track in 2015.

Starting Line-Ups 

CUBSCARDINALS
Dexter Fowler - CFMatt Carpenter - 3B
Jorge Soler - RFJason Heyward - RF
Anthony Rizzo - 1BMatt Holliday - LF
Starlin Castro - SSJhonny Peralta - SS
Chris Coghlan - LFMatt Adams - 1B
Mike Olt - 3BYadier Molina - C
David Ross - CKolten Wong - 2B
Jon Lester - PJon Jay - CF
Tommy La Stella - 2BAdam Wainwright - P

Starting Line-Up Comparison
(*Regular Season Stats Only)

Career against the Cardinals (Regular Season)

Dexter Fowler – No at bats v. Cardinals
Jorge Soler – .368 (7 for 19), 2 HR’s
Anthony Rizzo – .291 (16 for 55), 3 HR’s, 11 RBI’s
Starlin Castro – .265 (18 for 68), 4 Doubles, 2 HR’s, 7 RBI’s
Chris Coghlan – .263 (10 for 38)
Mike Olt – .294 (5 for 17), HR
David Ross – No at bats v. Cards
Tommy La Stella – No at bats v. Cards

Career against the Cubs

Matt Carpenter – .282 (20 for 71), 17 Runs, HR, 12 RBI’s, 17 BB
Jason Heyward – .348 (8 for 23), HR
Matt Holliday – .284 (21 for 74), 6 HR, 17 RBI’s, 10 BB
Jhonny Peralta – .333 (21 for 63), 9 Runs, HR, 10 RBI’s
Matt Adams – .216 (16 for 74), HR, 10 RBI’s
Yadier Molina – .377 (23 for 61), 9 Runs, 9 RBI’s
Kolten Wong – .261 (12 for 46), HR
Jon Jay – .267 (12 for 45), 8 RBI’s

Opening Day Roster

Cardinals

Starters (5): Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey, Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez
Relievers (7): Trevor Rosenthal, Jordan Walden, Seth Maness, Matt Belisle, Kevin Siegrist, Randy Choate, Carlos Villanueva
Catchers (2): Molina, Tony Cruz
Infielders (6): Adams, Wong, Peralta, Carpenter, Mark Reynolds, Pete Kozma
Outfielders (5): Holliday, Heyward, Jay, Randal Grichuk, Peter Bourjos

Cubs
Starters (5): Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Kyle Hendricks, Travis Wood.
Relievers (8): Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Neil Ramirez, Justin Grimm, Jason Motte, Phil Coke, Edwin JacksonDrake Britton.
Catchers (3): Montero, David Ross, Welington Castillo.
Infielders (5): Rizzo, Castro, Olt, La Stella, Arismendy Alcantara.
Outfielders (3): Coghlan, Fowler, Soler.
Utility (2): OF Ryan Sweeney, OF Matt Szczur.

PLAY BALL!

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