What to watch for in today's games

What to watch for in today's games

Though most of the Opening Day flair has subsided from last week, there will be one more round of pomp and circumstance on Monday.

While each team has completed two series, seven teams -- the Mets, Pirates, Red Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Giants and Blue Jays -- have yet to play a home game. That will change on Monday, as each will finally open their home slates at various points throughout the day.

Highlighted by some of those home openers, here are some things to watch for:

Cutch's three-run homer

Waino puts streak on the line, MIL @ STL, 4:15 p.m. ET

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will take the hill Monday for his second opener in as many starts. Eight days after tossing six shutout innings against the Cubs on Opening Day, Wainwright will be back on the mound for St. Louis' home opener against the Brewers.

It'll be the fourth career home opener start for Wainwright, who last Monday extended his current scoreless streak to a career-best 27 innings, dating back to last season. The Brewers will counter with veteran righty Matt Garza, who will be looking to bounce back from a rocky season debut. More >

Wainwright stifles Cubs

Banner day by the bay, COL @ SFG, 4:35 p.m. ET

The defending-champion Giants will take the field at AT&T Park for the first time this year and you know what that means -- it's time to raise the 2014 World Series champions banner. The Giants will celebrate their third title in five years before sending rookie starter Chris Heston to the mound to take on the division rival Rockies.

Though he wasn't part of last October's championship run, Heston got off to a strong start this season by picking up the win in his debut Wednesday against the D-backs. He allowed two runs (both unearned) off just three hits over six innings. The Rockies will counter with fellow rookie right-hander Eddie Butler. More >

Heston's first career win

Lester looks to rebound, CIN @ CHC, 8:05 p.m. ET

In non-home opener storylines, Jon Lester will look to put a disappointing Cubs debut behind him when he takes the hill Monday night against the Reds. The new Cubs ace was tagged for three runs off eight hits over just 4 1/3 innings last Sunday against the Cardinals.

Lester fans six in debut

The Reds, meanwhile, will counter with Mike Leake, who has excelled against the Cubs throughout his career. The right-hander is 8-2 with a 3.01 ERA in 15 career starts against Chicago, including 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts over the last two seasons. More >

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.