As they did coming out of Spring Training, the Cardinals had the opportunity to unplug Martinez from the rotation because of the number of early off-days. But manager Mike Matheny sees value in getting Martinez on a starting routine immediately and therefore chose to leave him in.
"We want to stay with him," Matheny said of Martinez, who made a scoreless relief appearance on Opening Night. "We like how he's been throwing, too, and it'd be a shame not to use him. And in the meanwhile, we're gaining time for some of these other guys."
As for Wainwright, he gets the unique opportunity of drawing both the season opener and the home opener. He will be the first Cardinals pitcher since Joe Magrane in 1989 to start a road game on Opening Day and then also pitch the first game in St. Louis.
This will mark the fourth home opener for Wainwright, who is 1-1 with 5.51 ERA in the previous three.
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