- SS Jose Reyes
- CF Emilo Bonifacio
- 3B Hanley Ramirez
- RF Giancarlo Stanton
- LF Logan Morrison
- 1B Gaby Sanhcez
- 2B Omar Infante
- C John Buck
- SP Josh Johnson
I like the top, and today that will be the key and during the season. Reyes and Bonifacio are explosive and in separate and the same ways they should do some big things for the line-up and get on base. The power in the middle and hitting ability is amazing and Gaby is a great six hole guy. Infante will be a good hitter at the bottom to get on and though Buck hasn’t lived up, he can hit for power and be big at the bottom. Josh Johnson just gets outs and wins, home or road, and that leads to a low ERA and he should pick up right back where he left off.
PREDICTION: Cardinals 6 Marlins 7
MATCHUP: Lohse is on the mound for the Cardinals and he’s trying to prove his 2011 was real and part of it was, but he’s not as good and will show it tonight and the Marlins should get him. Johnson should do well but there may also be some rust, look for him to rebound and settle in too. Johnson is just good, he should find a way and show why his ERA was below 2 last year before being hurt, and he’s a good first half pitcher.
KEYS: The Cardinals need the middle of the line-up to get going without Pujols and with Holliday, Berkman and Beltran they look to have a good start. The Marlins need the bullpen to hold the lead aginst an offense that is still pretty good in the pressure.
LINEUPS: These line-ups both look great and are above average but tonight I’ll give the edge to the Marlins. Hanley Ramirez vs Lohse and Matt Holliday vs Johnson look like match-ups where the hitters could excel.