Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

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Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

Postby MadHungo » Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:33 am

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Open For Business: Cards-Bucs Right Off The Bat

By Phil Rogers / MLB.com | April 1st, 2016

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NL Central foes clash in opener. Adam Wainwright and the defending NL Central champion
Cardinals visit Pittsburgh to take on Francisco Liriano and the Pirates on Opening Day


So here we are again. And it's like we never left.

On Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET/12:05 CT, Francisco Liriano will throw the first pitch of the 2016 season to Matt Carpenter.
Shortly thereafter, Andrew McCutchen will dig into the right-handed batter's box at PNC Park to face Adam Wainwright.

If you squint in your mind's eye, you can see the night of Oct. 9, 2013. The same basic cast of characters was at
Busch Stadium for the deciding Game 5 of the National League Division Series, although it was rookie Gerrit Cole
getting that start for the Pirates. The Cardinals did exactly what they had to do -- never letting McCutchen, who would
win the NL MVP Award a month later, come to bat in a spot where he could beat them.

Not only did Wainwright prevail in Game 5, but the Cards have gone 21-17 against the Bucs in the past two seasons.
By the slimmest of margins, they've held their ground atop the NL Central, keeping the invaders at the castle gates.

Pittsburgh won 98 games last season, matching the storied franchise's most victories since 1909, but St. Louis won 100.
The Pirates have been baseball's second-winningest team over the past three seasons, and in some ways also its most frustrated.

The Giants' Madison Bumgarner and the Cubs' Jake Arrieta beat Pittsburgh in the past two NL Wild Card Games,
following Wainwright's lead in Game 5.

One thing the Bucs haven't lost is their will to win a World Series.

"Every year, we're a little more hungry," reliever Tony Watson said. "Ninety-eight wins is nothing to hang our heads about,
but we definitely want to win a division, raise a World Series flag in Pittsburgh." Read More

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Re: Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

Postby R27 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:38 am

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, ESPN, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup:
Matt Carpenter (3B)
Tommy Pham (LF)
Matt Holliday (1B)
Randal Grichuk (CF)
Stephen Piscotty (RF)
Yadier Molina (C)
Kolten Wong (2B)
Jedd Gyorko (SS)
Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Pirates lineup:
John Jaso (1B)
Andrew McCutchen (CF)
David Freese (3B)
Starling Marte (LF)
Francisco Cervelli (C)
Gregory Polanco (RF)
Josh Harrison (2B)
Jordy Mercer (SS)
Francisco Liriano (LHP)
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Re: Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

Postby chevyman58 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:16 am

BREAKING NEWS!

Matt Holliday is the Cardinal's Opening Day First Baseman!

With Piscotty, Moss, Adams & Carpenter all healthy.

And a 28 year-old career Minor Leaguer, who's appeared in only 58 MLB games over his professional career, is the Starting Left Fielder.

Holy Cow! Who could have ever seen that coming? My goodness, all the experts whiffed badly on this shocking development.

Just unloaded dogs, sausage, snacks & fixins from the store, fresh tank of propane. Not long before the grill's smokin'.

Opening Day 2016 - Go Cards - PLAY BALL!

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Re: Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

Postby MadHungo » Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:02 am

I like the Card's line-up but I think I'd rather see Wong batting 8th & Gyorko 7th, but who am I!?! *insert shrug here*
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Re: Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

Postby Topps » Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:27 am

Strange to see Holliday getting the nod at 1B today. Guess it's something they're serious about trying out this season. Looking forward to seeing how it goes.

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Re: Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

Postby srclark2k » Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:43 pm

Hey Pops said count the 2nd ynots for the Pirates because it wouldn't let him do the attendance. Ty the clarks
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Re: Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

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Re: Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

Postby Razz » Sun Apr 03, 2016 1:16 pm

Here we go!!!
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Re: Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

Postby Razz » Sun Apr 03, 2016 1:35 pm

Waino pitches out of first inning jam. Time to score some runs for him.
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Re: Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

Postby Razz » Sun Apr 03, 2016 1:49 pm

Pham hurt with left side tightness. Holliday to left and Adams at first.
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Re: Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

Postby chevyman58 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 1:59 pm

Two high-stress innings for Waino, Cutter ain't cuttin' in the cold.

Cutch scores after reachin' on a nick-by-pitch then 2nd run in on a no-mans-land dink over Wong.

Gotta solve Liriano here. Lookin' for a lefty-lefty blast outa Adams.
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Re: Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

Postby Razz » Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:11 pm

Cards need more patience at the plate.
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Re: Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

Postby Razz » Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:30 pm

Wong strikes out with bases loaded. Eight strike outs through four innings. Very frustrating.
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Re: Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

Postby chevyman58 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:39 pm

We had worst BA vs Lefties in MLB last year, Heyward hit em well & he's gone, RH Reynolds gone, today Pham out & Adams in, cold, Lirano's tough on us. Not sure where we can look for predictable improvement vs lefties this year.
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Re: Game 1, Opening Day: Cardinals @ Pirates, 04/03/16, 12:05 PM CST

Postby Razz » Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:44 pm

Why put in Adams when he could have put Moss or Hazelbaker in left.

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