From a variety of sources noted below, here are some interesting factoids from Sunday night’s St. Louis Cardinals’ season-opening 3-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Steady Behind the Plate: Yadier Molina is the first catcher in Cardinals team history with 11 consecutive Opening Day starts. (Team notes)
Power from Short: The Cardinals’ Jhonny Peralta and Cubs’ Starlin Castro are the first pair of opposing shortstops to hit cleanup in their team’s openers since 1905 (George Davis – White Sox, Bobby Wallace – Browns). (Elias)
Heyward Doubles Up: With two doubles, newcomer Jason Heyward became the third player in team history to knock a pair of two-base hits in his first game with the team (Dick Allen – 1970, Aaron Miles – 2006). (Tom Orf)
Thanks, Lester! The Cardinals set a team record with four stolen bases on Opening Day. (Elias) The Cards have been below the league average in steals for a team record-tying nine consecutive years. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia)
Whiff Masters: The staff total of 12 strikeouts (Adam Wainwright 6, Carlos Martinez 1, Jordan Walden 2, Rosenthal 3) tied three other Cardinals teams (1969, 1999, 2014) for the second-most on Opening Day (13 in 1967 and 1975). (Tom Orf)
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