Opening Day for Cardinals & Look Back at Previous Ten Seasons

Opening Day for Cardinals in 2021 takes place on April 1, 2021 in Cincinnati to face the Reds. Jack Flaherty will start for St, Louis while Luis Castillo get the ball for Cincinnati. Opening Day always generates lots of enthusiasm for fans. It is a NEW start and a time of hope.

It’s always one of our favorite days of the year, not only to see what the new team has in store for us, but also to really see how all of the teams stack up against each other. We try to do some “guessing” by looking at the MLB future and game odds here. But watching the teams actually perform is what it’s all about.

That said, let’s take a  a look back at the previous ten seasons of opening days for the Cardinals.

Opening Day for Cardinals in 2011

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The game on March 31, 2011 and was at Busch Stadium facing the San Diego Padres. Chris Carpenter was the starting pitcher for St, Louis as the game stayed close and was tied going to the bottom of the 8th inning, Matt Holliday hit a home run to left center field and St Louis was in the lead and Carpenter’s day was done. In came Ryan Franklin from the bullpen for the 9th. He got the first out of the inning but Cameron Maybin hit a long home run to batters’ eye to tie it in the last inning.

The game moves to the 11th inning and Bryan Augenstein is in to hurl. The Padres come up with two runs as Maybin singles one in and Nick Hundley singles one in for the other run and the Padres win 5-3 in front of 46.388 fans in a game that last 3 hour and 17 minutes. Boxscore

Opening Day for Cardinals in 2012

The Cardinals traveled to and faced the Miami Marlins on April 4, 2012 for the season opener. With 36,691 in attendance starter Kyle Lohse dominated from the start. He pitched 7.1IP/2H/1R/1ER/0BB/3K to garner a 4-1 victory as the game last 2 hours and 42 minutes. David Freese, Daniel Descalso and Rafael Furcal each drove in one run. Retrosheet boxscore

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Opening Day for Cardinals in 2013

Opening Day for the Cardinals was on April 1 in Chase Field , home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. There were 48,023 fans in attendance. In the game the Cardinals only managed five hits. Matt Holiday and Daniel Descalso each had one RBI in a 6-2 loss to DBacks pitcher Ian Kennedy.

Adam Wainwright suffered the loss with 6IP11H/4R/3ER/0BB/6K. The game was 2 hours and 36 minutes in length. BOXSCORE

Opening Day for Cardinals in 2014

On March 31, 2014 it was opening day in Cincinnati with the Cardinals. 43,134 came out to a cool day at Great American Ball Park. Adam Wainwright, once again got the ball for opening day facing Johnny Cueto. Things zip right along scoreless until the top half of the 7th inning when Yadier Molina popped a home run for the only run of the game that lasted 2 hours an 56 minutes.. The Cardinals won 1-0 even though they made three errors in the contest ( by Wong, Bourjos and Adams each). BOXSCORE

Opening Day for Cardinals in 2015

Video from 2015 Home Opener 

The opening day for the season began in Chicago facing the Cubs. 35,055 were on hand as lefty Jon Lester faced Cardinals righty Adam Wainwright, The Cardinals would steal four bases off Lester in the game on their way to a 3-0 win as St Louis rightfielder, Jason Heyward collected 3 hits and Matt Holliday drove in two runs and it lasted for 3 hours and 4 minutes at Wrigley Field. BOXSCORE

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Opening Day for Cardinals in 2016

The Cardinals take on the Pirates at PNC Park for the first game of the year in front of  39.500 fans on April 3, 2016. Francisco Liriano would defeat the Cardinals and Adam Wainwight 4-1. Matt Carpenter got the only RBI for the Redbirds and Randall Grichuk struck out three times in the game. It was a 3 hour and 2 minute game. BOXSCORE

Opening Day for Cardinals in 2017

Finally, an opening home game at Busch Stadium. This time, taking on the Chicago Cubs with Jon Lester facing Carlos Martinez on April 2nd. Martinez would  pitch well with 7.1IP/2H/3R/3ER/0BB/2K and Sueng-Hwan Oh would come on in relief for a 4-3 win. Randall Grichuk would homer in the 8th inning off Pedro Strop to tie the game and then would would single in the winning run off of Mike Montgomery in the 9th for the winner. The contest took 3 hours and 33 minutes to play. BOXSCORE

Opening Day for Cardinals in 2018

The game was played on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets with 44,189 in attendance. In 3 hours an 1 minute, the Cardinals lost 9-4 to Noah Syndergaard and his ten strikeouts. Carlos Martinez took the loss despite two RBI’s and two home runs each from Yadier Molina and Jose Martinez . Boxscore

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Opening Day for Cardinals in 2019

The Milwaukee Brewers hosted the Cardinals on opening day indoors with Jhoulys Chcain and Miles Mikolas getting the start. With 45,301 in attendance, the Brewers would win 5-4 in 2 hours and 36 minutes, Kolten Wong would smack 2 home runs for the game and Harrison Bader hits a homer in the 2nd inning for the majority of the scoring,

Opening Day for Cardinals in 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season almost didn’t happen but on July 24, 2020 the Cardinals had opening day at Busch Stadium III to host the Pirates, The Cardinals were able to be victorious in front of NO FANS 5-4 with Jack Flaherty getting the start. Paul DeJong had 2 RBI’s in the game and one each came from Molina, Fowler and O’Neill to defeat Joe Musgrove.  BOXSCORE

Opening Day for Cardinals

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About the author

Tom Knuppel has been writing about baseball and sports for a few decades. As an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan he began with the blog CardinalsGM. Tom is a member of the United Cardinals Bloggers and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.

He also maintains the History of Cardinals website. More recently he has been busy at KnupSolutions and the primary writer of many sports at KnupSports and adds content at Sports 2.0. Tom is a retired High School English and Speech teacher and has completed over one hundred sports book reviews. He also can be followed on Twitter at tknup. Currently he is busy writing baseball articles at Baseball Spotlight.

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