Today marks the 134th opening day in Cardinals history; they’ll start the season in Cincinnati facing division rival the Reds. Here’s the lineup:
- 3B Matt Carpenter
- 2B Kolten Wong
- LF Matt Holliday
- RF Allen Craig
- C Yadier Molina
- 1B Matt Adams
- SS Jhonny Peralta
- CF Peter Bourjos
- SP Adam Wainwright
Jenifer Langosch gives a quick glance at the 25-man roster. No real surprises; maybe Keith Butler taking the final bullpen spot, but everything else is as expected. Pete Kozma lucked out by the Mark Ellis injury; the shortstop was expected to be demoted to Memphis or traded prior to this past weekend. The team can postpone the decision for a few days.
Here are some opening day facts over the last 100 years:
- They are 48-51-1 on opening day.
- They are 9-8 in that span against the Reds.
- Under Mike Matheny, the team is 1-1.
- The team was 7-9 under Tony LaRussa.
- The Cardinals have had 42 catchers start on opening day. Ted Simmons leads the way with 10; current catcher Molina is second with 9.
- They have started 35 first basemen on opening day. Jim Bottomley has the most with 10 starts. No current Cardinals are in the top 10.
- Julian Javier leads the 36 second basemen with 11 opening day starts. Wong will be the 37th.
- Third base has seen 42 players on opening day, with Ken Boyer at the top of the list at 11. No current Cardinal is in the top 10.
- Ozzie Smith started 13 opening days, the most of the 42 players that have started. Peralta will join the list this year.
- Holliday is 5th (out of 45) on the left field list and will move into a tie for third after today. Lou Brock is the franchise leader at 14.
- Center field has seen 47 starters on opening day; the leader is Terry Moore at 9.
- Enos Slaughter started 10 opening days in right, the most of 61 players. This position has seen more players start on opening day than any other position.
- Bob Gibson has been the opening day starter more than any other pitcher, with 10 starts. There have been 52 pitchers that got the nod on opening day.
- Stan Musial has started more opening day games than anyone else in Cardinals history at 20; he’s been at first for 5 opening days, left for 10, and right for 5.
The game is at 3:10 pm CST today on Fox Sports Midwest.