ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Chris Carpenter #29 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Cardinals (5-2) hope to stay hot against a struggling Cubs team (2-5) in the home opening series this weekend.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been great away from Busch Stadium so far this season, as they lead the NL Central with a 5-2 record, and now they get a chance impress the home crowd in their 2012 Home Opener. Adam Wainwright will be on the mound for the second time this season, but St. Louis may be without Lance Berkman, who is dealing with a calf injury and says he's experience soreness (via MLB.com):
"It's a little sore this morning. It's probably not playable. We'll just have to wait to see how it responds. [Thursday] is an off-day, so that's good.
The Cubs are turning to Jeff Samardzija, who was brilliant in his opening start against the Washington Nationals, while Starlin Castro -- who has reached base safely in 46 of his last 47 games, dating back to last season -- is the one constant in a otherwise struggling offense.
St. Louis has been involved in quite a few "opening" events so far this season, but the staff at Viva El Birdos is happy to finally be (almost) done with the term:
All right, this is it: This is the last time in 2012 I'm allowing Major League Baseball to use the word "Opening" or "Opener" to describe a baseball game. Today is the St. Louis Cardinals' home opener, or Busch Stadium's Opening Day, maybe, but then I'm done with Opening Month.
Here is the key information for today's game.
Date / Time: 2:15 PM CT, Friday, April 13, 2012
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Starting Pitchers: Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 1.04 ERA) vs. Adam Wainwright (0-1, 4.76 ERA)
TV: MLB Network, FOX Sports Midwest
Radio: AM 1120 KMOX (click here for full list of affiliates)
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