LEADING OFF: 3 games on opening day, capped by Cubs-Cards

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The 2017 Opening Day nod has been given to Carlos Martinez this year coming off of a 16-9 record a season ago. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball. They’ll try to borrow from that again in the second game of the series Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. Rather, they lost in part because they failed to capitalize on opportunities with runners on base early on.

This Cubs team has proven it can beat a World Series curse, but how will it fare against two more formidable opponents: wrestlers and the walking dead? “Because I’ve been nice to the Cardinal fans”.

Yes, they won the World Series a year ago. The Cardinals aren’t listening to prognosticators.

“I see Grimm fitting into the pen in a middle relief role, but in low to mid-leverage situations, until he can show the pitcher he is”, said Joe Aiello, the founder of View from the Bleachers, a Cubs blog. And for me, every time I step on the mound, I will dedicate every single game to them. “I just think we’re going to go into it with the right mindset”. “Last year was last year”. Give Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh some credit.

“For me it was an honor, and a lot of emotion going through me”, Martinez said through the Cardinals’ interpreter.

For the first time in 108 years, the Chicago Cubs will play a game as the defending World Series champions.

“They’ve been very cool”, said Moran, 54, a graphic designer. The World Series-winning manager noted that it was still a good night for the Cubs despite the loss. St. Louis is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 3-11 in their last 14 home games against a left-handed starter while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games.

By now, most people know how much young talent the Cubs have stockpiled. But Oh retired NL MVP Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo on two fly balls to right, ending the inning. It also enters the season with most of the same cast that made history last November. Grichuk started 2016 in a massive slump and wound up making an embarrassing return trip to Triple-A Memphis. The rotation includes 19-game victor Jon Lester, former Cy Young Award victor Jake Arrieta and ERA king Kyle Hendricks, coming off a breakout year. “I’m not one normally into symbolism, but I think if you’re looking for it from us, that’s it”.

Jon Lester starts Sunday night for the Cubs after finishing second in National League Cy Young Award balloting in 2016, going 19-5 with a career-best 2.44 ERA in 32 starts.

Why they might be good: They have a winning mentality. The Cardinals are hoping he can deliver another solid season in 2017.

It was Fowler who scored the game’s first run as the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning.

The rivalry between the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs begins a new chapter in prime time on Sunday. “So, hopefully, I’ll be on top”.

“I think if you remain somewhat uncomfortable, you continue to grow”.

It’s in part because of Fowler’s presence, but also because of how things went in this division past year, that the Cardinals felt a different vibe all spring. I can’t say that I have such a moment, because I never truly knew they were going to win it all.

NOTES: This was the first time St. Louis opened a season at home under manager Mike Matheny. Fowler led off with a single to the right side of the infield past Cubs pitcher Lester.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Cubs are -125 money line favorites over the Cardinals, who have odds of +115 odds to pull off the upset at home tonight.

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