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Fantasy Game Notes for Sunday, April 1
New York Mets @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Tom Glavine, LHP (0-0) versus Chris Carpenter, RHP (0-0)
Busch Stadium (outdoor) 8:05 ET (clear and 68º)
Notable Injuries: Juan Encarnacion, OF, STL
Ahhhh, baseball. The Cardinals earned the honor of hosting Opening Day by winning the World Series and will try to hold off the revenge-minded Mets. Both starting pitchers have pitched well in spring training. In 2006, Glavine beat these same Cards in St. Louis but didn't fool them (6.0 IP, 2 K, .391 OBA). However, he does usually get out to a fast start in April. Last year, the Cards were 15th in the NL in slugging against lefties, so don't expect power from them. Carpenter did not face the Mets during the regular season but knows their lineup. This one's easy: both squads are basically all-star teams, so start everyone, as you want to wake up Monday morning and have stats, don't you? Just remember Juan Encarnacion is on the DL and Scott Spiezio is starting in his place, and let's see how Adam Kennedy does in his new surroundings. Chris Duncan showed a lot of power in spring training, but now we get to see if it was a mirage or a preview of the things to come. Keep an eye on Moises Alou, who usually waits until after spring training to play at full speed.