So that sure wasn't what everyone expected it to be.
The upstart birds on the bats continued to prove the doubters wrong by taking an early lead and then putting it away against the tough Rangers bullpen.
What was supposed to be an all-out slugfest between baseball's best lineups turned out to be a surprisingly solid pitching matchup between one ace and another wanna-be.
Chris Carpenter showed his elbow is just fine, thank you, by tossing six solid innings, only making one real mistake.
C.J. Wilson also showed toughness by pitching into the sixth inning and holding the Cardinals' potent lineup mostly in check.
So what made the difference in the Cards' opening-game win? Click on to find out.