Cardinals; Cubs; Royals – Opening Day Information

(AP) – St. Louis Cardinals (88-74, third in the NL Central in 2018) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (96-67, first in the NL Central in 2018)

Milwaukee; Thursday, 2 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (0-0, 0.00 ERA) Brewers: Jhoulys Chacín (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

BOTTOM LINE: St. Louis visits Milwaukee on opening day.

The Brewers went 51-30 at home in 2018. Milwaukee averaged 8.6 hits with 3.0 extra base hits per game last year.

The Cardinals finished 41-35 against NL Central Division opponents in 2018. St. Louis averaged 8.5 hits with 2.9 extra base hits per game and 248 total doubles last year. The Brewers won the season series 11-8 in 2018.

Brewers Injuries: Jeremy Jeffress: day-to-day (shoulder).

Cardinals Injuries: None listed.


Chicago Cubs (95-68, second in the NL Central in 2018) vs. Texas Rangers (67-95, fifth in the NL West in 2018)

Arlington, Texas; Thursday, 4 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Jon Lester (0-0, 0.00 ERA) Rangers: Mike Minor (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

BOTTOM LINE: Chicago visits Texas for opening day.

The Rangers went 34-47 in home games in 2018. Texas averaged 8.1 hits per game last season while batting .240 as a team.

The Cubs went 41-36 in division play in 2018. Chicago hit .258 as a team last year and averaged 3.0 extra base hits per game. These two teams did not play in 2018.

Rangers Injuries: None listed.

Cubs Injuries: Brandon Morrow: day-to-day (elbow), Yu Darvish: day-to-day (elbow).


Chicago White Sox (62-100, fourth in the AL Central in 2018) vs. Kansas City Royals (58-104, fifth in the AL Central in 2018)

Kansas City, Kansas; Thursday, 4:15 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: White Sox: Carlos Rodón (0-0, 0.00 ERA) Royals: Brad Keller (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

BOTTOM LINE: Chicago visits Kansas City on opening day.

The Royals went 36-40 in division play in 2018. Kansas City hit .245 as a team last season and averaged 2.9 extra base hits per game.

The White Sox went 30-46 in division games in 2018. Chicago hit .241 as a team last year and hit 182 total home runs. The White Sox won the season series 11-8 in 2018.

Royals Injuries: None listed.

White Sox Injuries: None listed.

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