Wacha and Cardinals look to win third straight series

 

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The Cardinals will send Michael Wacha to the mound Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds, as the team tries to win its third straight series in 2016. In his last start against Milwaukee, Wacha pitched a gem. He went a solid six innings, giving up just four hits and seven strikeouts.

The Cardinals will go up against right hander Jon Moscot who’s making his first start of 2016 for Cincinnati.

The Cardinals’ offense has turned things around since a dismal performance in the first series of the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since that time, the team has scored 74 runs and lead the league in runs scored with 81. 

All everyone talked about in the offseason was how great the Cardinals’ pitching was, but the offense wasn’t. The team has proved everyone wrong thus far, but it’s a small sample size.

The Cardinals have to take care of business Sunday to have some momentum heading into a three game series with the Chicago Cubs.

Here’s a look at Sunday’s lineup.

The Cubs come to town starting Monday. The series will mark the return of John Lackey and Jason Heyward to St. Louis since they signed with the Cubs in the offseason. Mike Leake will take the mound in the first game against, you guessed it, John Lackey.

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MLB set for another Opening Day

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Today’s the day many of us have been waiting on since the last out of the 2015 season. It’s a day where strangers come together to celebrate a game they love. It’s something we have in common, you know. 

Today, millions of people will put on their caps, showing which team they have pride in. Some will watch on TV, others will be at the ballpark. But somehow, whichever one you do, you still feel connected to the millions of other strangers that cheer on your team. 

Every year your team is the best, regardless of record. Some seasons end in heartbreak, others in pure, adrenaline rush excitement. It’s the games where your team is down three runs with two outs and a rookie steps up to the plate and hits a walk off grand slam that make you remember why you fell in love with the game in the first place. 

It’s the greenest grass you’ve ever laid your eyes on. The crack of the bat. The popping sound you hear when a 95 mph fastball reaches the catcher’s mit. That’s why you love baseball.

Now, the wait is over. Here’s the first lineup that Mike Matheny will send out on the field in 2016. Happy Opening Day.

Cardinals lineup

Carpenter 3B

Pham LF

Holliday 1B

Grichuk CF

Piscotty RF

Molina C

Wong 2B

Gyorko SS

Wainwright P

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