Cardinals beat Cubs in Home Opener

The Chicago Cubs being their 1st World Series title defense in 108 years when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN.

Lester was able to escape the inning however, but it came at a price as he went over the 70-pitch plateau to keep the Cubs within a run after three innings of action. That put two runners on for Contreras. Kyle Schwarber reached three times in his first game as the leadoff hitter since Fowler left the Cubs over the winter for an $82.5 million, five-year contract with the Cardinals.

And there was the first intentional walk without throwing a pitch in baseball history. Grichuk then came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded to finish the game and be the first of the 2017 season to be mobbed by his teammates. The "automatic" IBB really accomplishes nothing. I'm going to hold off on making any predictions. If anyone in St. Louis knows what the Cubs like and don't like to do on the field, it's Fowler. There Pitching was fantastic and they have everybody back from injury. For some it is Jason Heyward scoring on a Jon Lester squeeze bunt during a July game against the Seattle Mariners that the Cubs should have lost.

No offense, but the Cubs wouldn't mind if they never saw him again. However, the Cubs did pick up a couple pieces: Wade Davis from the Royals and Jon Jay via free agency.

The franchise bats belong to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, 27, and third baseman Kris Bryant, 25. I give them the credit they deserve.

Earlier in the day the Cubs officially set their roster in the way they talked about before leaving Mesa last week. Taking the hill for the Cardinals in the opener is Carlos Martinez, who went 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA and 174 strikeouts in 31 starts last season.

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.

"I mean, look at it", Sengheiser said before St. Louis' 4-3 victory. Cincinnati will need pitcher Brandon Finnegan to take a step forward in his development and Homer Bailey to return to form after Tommy John surgery, while 22-year-old top prospect Jose Peraza gets his chance to shine at second base after the Reds parted with veteran Brandon Phillips. Willson Contreras then unloaded a three-run homer off Oh, who had worked out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the eighth.

I wasn't real happy to see the play where Fowler stuck his leg out attempting to break up a double play. "It is the best new rivalry in baseball and we are going to be booed all night". "And I've thought about that". I think symbolically it will be turned next week. Grichuk had already slammed Pedro Strop's 96-mph fastball into the right-field bullpen for a two-run homer and a 3-0 lead in the eighth inning.

"Great at-bat", Maddon said.

In the end, this one reminded me of Opening Day 2008, at Wrigley Field against the Brewers. Hopefully Bryant and Baez can cut down on their enormous amount of strikeouts last season, as they combined for 262 strikeouts. The two teams figure to compete for the NL Central division title this season.

Simply, Maddon prefers to stay in the present and illustrate only some of the past achievements, such as winning Game 7 of the Series after a 17-minute rain delay, on T-shirts that deliver a message about the process rather than the ultimate goal.

Derailed by a awful bullpen last year, the Giants started this season the same way - even after trying to solve the problem by bringing in Melancon on a $62 million, four-year contract.

  • Julie Sanders