Opening Day of the 2015 MLB season pitted the visiting St. Louis Cardinals against the Chicago Cubs in an NL Central showdown.
The Cubs have some of the best young prospects in baseball, but the decision to leave Kris Bryant — a 23-year-old rightie-slugger — off the opening day roster confused fans and players alike, and the team fell far short of new manager Joe Madden’s expectations for the season. (RELATED: Joe Madden Intro’d As New Cubs Manager, Buys Entire Press Conference Beers)
Chicago’s newly acquired ace John Lester failed to impress in his first home start. The left-handed Lester allowed 3 runs in 4.1 innings and was saddled with the loss.
On the other hand, Cardinals no. 1 Adam Wainright tossed 6 innings of shutout ball and improved to 9-1 all-time at Wrigley Field. Newcomer Jason Heyward also impressed in his first game with the club. Heyward went 3-5 with two doubles and scored the deciding run in the first inning.