Apr 5, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8), catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20), and right fielder Corey Hart (1) take their turn at the batting cage during a workout before the opening day game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers get ready for an NLCS rematch—with two first basemen looming large.
However things shake out when the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers meet in Miller Park for Friday's Opening Day matchup, it's unlikely to look much like the Cardinals vs. Brewers NLCS matchup we saw last October. For one thing, the Cardinals aren't likely to get most of their innings out of relief pitchers; for another, both Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder will be gone from lineups that look drastically different than they did six months ago. Young aces Yovani Gallardo and Jaime Garcia will match up in Game 1 of the series, for which a World Series berth is not part of the spoils, so far as I know.
Player to watch, St. Louis: 2010 20-game-winner Adam Wainwright will start Saturday's afternoon game against Zack Greinke, marking his official return to the rotation after a year off following elbow surgery. In the lineup, the Cardinals are still deciding between Daniel Descalso and Tyler Greene in an unresolved infield contest.
Player to watch, Milwaukee: Mat Gamel is going to get the bulk of time at first base for the Brewers, and he has a big uniform to fill.