Las Vegas oddsmakers favor Chicago Cubs to repeat in 2017

The Cardinals are hoping he can deliver another solid season in 2017. Martinez also flashed his change-up and slider to leave numerous Cubs' sluggers off-balance and uncomfortable. In that span, he's 3-3 but has posted a 1.90 ERA against them.

Budweiser Clydesdale make their way around the Busch Stadium field as part of Opening Night festivities before a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in St. Louis.

It has taken me a long time to process that the Chicago Cubs-my Chicago Cubs-are the 2016 World Series champions. He gave up three runs and became the first Giants pitcher to go deep twice in one game since Jim Gott in 1985. "Last year I struggled, and I didn't get to start the year before". Music softly played in their clubhouse - it nearly never happens after losses in every other clubhouse around baseball - and they seemed nearly energized by erasing a 3-0 ninth-inning deficit on Willson Contreras' three-run homer.

Hey, this was the Cardinals' day.

Grichuk not only won the game in the ninth, but his two-run home run in the eighth gave the Cardinals crucial insurance runs, meaning Willson Contreras' three-run homer off Seung-Hwan Oh in the top of the ninth was only enough to tie the score.

"You had the home crowd and all the excitement that goes into Opening Day", Matheny said. "That's what we did tonight".

Moran, Carnahan and Ferguson, three of seven siblings from a family of baseball fans, were sitting on a bench outside Busch Stadium when a couple of Cardinals fans extended their congratulations on the Cubs' World Series title.

It's tough to think he would have done this against the Brewers or the Reds, but this was against the defending champs on Opening Night, and that gets your blood pumping. But a bullpen still figuring things out helped extend the Cardinals' lead when Randal Grichuk homered off Pedro Strop in the eighth inning before Montgomery gave up the game-winning hit to the same player in the ninth.

Let's be clear about something. Nothing here will compare to Game 7 drama, but the Cubs and Cardinals will play 18 more times this season, and that should be very entertaining.

So, when they mentioned their 11 World Series championships dozens of times during the pregame ceremony Sunday night, it might have been as much about who was in the visiting dugout as it was about the 125th anniversary of the day they joined the National League.

These are the kind of games that these teams have played since the Cubs added Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber in 2015. Aroldis Chapman re-joined the Yankees on a five-year $86 million deal with a signing bonus of $6 million. These metrics were up 94 percent, 59 percent and 78 percent, respectively, from last year's Opening Night streaming audience.

"I liked when the ball hit the grass", Matheny said. "Mix in that players are maturing into [having] a little bit more of a voice, and all of that has created an atmosphere that has been very positive but also very intentional - intentional about getting better, intentional about making it look right". They're also 46-15 in their last 62 games versus a right-handed starter.

There is no doubt that Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Justin Grimm is ready for the 2017 season. He Said it was a good at bat for Contreras and he made it possible for us to get back into the game. "I just think we're going to go into it with the right mindset". "I really trained myself, and I want our guys to do the same thing". The leadership was there. Leadership is there. Young guys are still aspring to get better.

  • Julie Sanders