St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day: Kyle Lohse Is Game 1 Starter By Default

This probably isn't how Kyle Lohse or the St. Louis Cardinals wanted things to go down, but Lohse—who, for his part, did lead the World Series champions in wins (14) and ERA (3.39) last season—will be getting the Opening Day nod for the Cardinals as they play against the newly christened Miami Marlins Wednesday night. It's Lohse's second Opening Day start, and it's equally as strange as the first one he made, which came on a rainout; this year's comes after after Chris Carpenter's nerve issue put him on the 15-day disabled list to start the season.

So: It will be Lohse's job to keep the Marlins from lighting up their incredibly Miami-ish home run feature on opening night at their new retractable-roof stadium. In case you were wondering, he allowed 16 home runs in 188 innings last season.

Adam Wainwright, for his part, will still make his return to the Cardinals' rotation against the Milwaukee Brewers, on Saturday.

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