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

January 19 2018, 05:30 | Van Peters

Getty Images Can Willson Contreras help lead the Cubs to another Central Division title

Getty Images Can Willson Contreras help lead the Cubs to another Central Division title

St. Louis went on to win the game later in the inning with a bases-loaded single by Randal Grichuk. Jon Lester allowed just one run in five innings of work that included seven strikeouts but he was outdueled in his time by Carlos Martines, who struck out ten in 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

"We're favored to win the World Series".

But the had some highlights themselves. Oh was brought in to relieve and, after getting ahead of Kyle Schwarber 0-2, hit him with a pitch to load the bases.

Jose Contreras the man responsible for tying it in the ninth. Lester is 3-3 with a 1.97 ERA in nine career starts against St. Louis, a team he dominated last season by going 2-0 and allowing two earned runs over 20 2/3 innings in three outings. Davis helped lead the Kansas City Royals to their 2015 World Series championship and will be a good fit for the 2017 Cubs team. They were trying to complete one last piece of business before Carlos Martinez throws the first pitch of their 2017 season, working on an extension with Yadier Molina.

Tuesday, April 4: at St. Louis Cardinals, 7:15 p.m. Well, the Cubs are off to another head-spinning, get-me-rewrite start, with the added cinematic touches of rain falling in the eighth and ninth innings.

Chris Owings singled home the winning run and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored twice with two outs in the ninth inning off new San Francisco closer Mark Melancon to beat the Giants 6-5 in a wild season opener Sunday in Phoenix. Honestly, if you walked in our clubhouse during camp, I don't think you could have recognized that we just came off wining a World Series. "The first day we walked into spring I sensed it", manager Mike Matheny said. That would be important because the Cards didn't get anything in return from three departed players who combined for 60 home runs previous year - Matt Holliday, Brandon Moss and Jeremy Hazelbaker.

The Dodgers won the division past year even when injuries plagued them.

It's in part because of Fowler's presence, but also because of how things went in this division previous year, that the Cardinals felt a different vibe all spring.

The Pirates finished the 2016 season with 78 wins and we've outlined how they need to improve this season - ahem Andrew McCutchen, please stand up.

In their Pirates preview's "best case" scenario section starts: "Like last season, Pittsburgh appears stuck in baseball purgatory". Here's My take, The Cardinals got off to a great start. They will be in the market for a pitcher at the trade deadline. It could come down to a late season showdown between the Cubs and Cardinals to see who wins the Division. "I can't take it back", Tanaka said through a translator. In My opinion it's the Cleveland Indians. He didn't get his first hit previous year until having reconstructive knee surgery, going through a grueling rehab process and then putting up a.971 OPS in the World Series. But Some People are saying The Cardinals because they have everybody back and it showed on Sunday Night. So don't count the Dodgers out either because when they healthy they can be a nightmare.

Lester will be making his second Opening Day start for the Chicago Cubs since leaving the Boston Red Sox and heading to Chi-town. Fans of the Cubs had little to say for decades as the Cardinals enjoyed postseason success while "Wait until next year" became the unofficial motto of the North Side of Chicago.

I don't want to make too much out of the MLB At Bat app sign behind home plate that apparently prevented Javier Baez from seeing Dexter Fowler's single leading off the third inning.

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