Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Predictions for Tonight's Game

Tonight, at 7:05 EST, the reigning World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals take on the new-look Miami Marlins in the inaugural game at the dazzling, Alex Rodriguez endorsed Miami Park.  Kyle Lohse (14-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 2011) will square up with Josh Johnson (3-1, 1.64), so even though both clubs boast deep, talented offenses this game will probably remain low-scoring.

Here are some predictions for tonight's tilt:

-Miami wins, 4-2.  Johnson looks good in his first regular season start since May 16th, 2011, going seven innings, striking out six, and walking just one (Lance Berkman).  Lohse hangs with him through five, but the Fish make him work and an RBI single from Gaby Sanchez chases him in the sixth

-Giancarlo Stanton will not hit a home run, but Logan Morrison will (a solo shot)

-Jose Reyes goes one-for-four with a stolen base in his Marlins debut.  He grounds out to second base in his first at-bat

-Hanley Ramirez has one of those games where he takes great cuts and hits the ball hard, but doesn't have anything to show for it in the box score.  He'll probably make an error on a bad throw from third

-Matt Holliday knocks in both of the Cardinals runs with one swing of the bat, plating Rafael Furcal and Carlos Beltran with a double

-Heath Bell locks down the game in the ninth with a perfect 1-2-3 inning

-Announcers refer to Albert Pujols at least six times

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