Home Opener: Reds (4-2) @ Cardinals (3-3)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Welcome to Opening Day. It’s actually the third Opening Day for the Cardinals in an eight-day span, but know that this is the one players and staff most anticipate. There will be all the normal pomp and circumstance prior to today’s 3:15 p.m. CT game, but today will also be a day to honor and remember Stan Musial. Much of the pregame ceremony will be centered around Musial, who died in January at the age of 92.

Be sure to tune in about 45 minutes early if you want to see full coverage of the pregame festivities. Both Rafael Furcal and Chris Carpenter will be taking part in the pregame truck parade, even though both are out for the season with injuries.

Manager Mike Matheny was asked earlier today about the significance of Opening Day in St. Louis. His response:

“At some point, somebody will make it an official holiday around here because you turn on the TV, you turn on the radio and it is the conversation. It is something to be excited about. We just saw two Opening Days on the road and you could just hear guys talking, ‘Yeah, it was good, but just wait until we get home.’ It’s something very special. It’s something that means a lot to us, and it’s something that means a lot to our fans.”

As expected, David Freese was activated this morning after a three-game Minor League rehab assignment and he is in the starting lineup. He said pregame that he has felt good for the last week. Not to be overlooked, either, amid all the hullabaloo of Opening Day is that this is the first of 19 games the Cardinals and division-rival Reds will play this season. Cincinnati finished nine games better than the Cardinals in the NL Central last weekend, though the Reds’ playoff run ended much earlier.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Jon Jay (CF)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. David Freese (3B)
  7. Daniel Descalso (2B)
  8. Pete Kozma (SS)
  9. Jaime Garcia (LHP)

REDS LINEUP:

  1. Shin-soo Choo (CF)
  2. Chris Heisey (LF)
  3. Joey Votto (1B)
  4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
  5. Jay Bruce (RF)
  6. Todd Frazier (3B)
  7. Zack Cozart (SS)
  8. Ryan Hanigan (C)
  9. Mat Latos (RHP)

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2 Comments

two of our hottest hitting lefties not in against a RHP? McCarp and Adams.

MCarp hasn’t had any time off yet, and MM likes to rotate off days among his starters. As for Adams, where to play him? I would love to see him play second base … just not in a game that counted for anything. Just think of the grisly fate that would await the first runner trying a takeout slide! :-)

Incidentally, speaking of time off, any word yet on whether Joe Kelly will miss any time with the minor(?) owie sustained yesterday?

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