Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf -- now 35 and coming off another solid season in which he posted a 3.69 ERA -- makes his season debut against 25-year-old Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn, who will be making his third career start.
Lynn, who started twice for the Cardinals last June, was put in the rotation after Chris Carpenter's injury forced the St. Louis co-ace to start the season on the disabled list. Although Lynn is in the rotation because of Carpenter's injury, the young right-hander was impressive in Spring Training, posting a 2.61 ERA in 20 2/3 innings.
Lynn spent the first part of Spring Training preparing to be a reliever, but he had plenty of time to stretch out his arm to be a starter -- which he was throughout his time in the Minors. Lynn said he's excited to begin the season as a big league starter for the first time.
"It's something new for me. I'm looking forward to it," Lynn said. "I just have to stay within myself and do what I'm capable of and just control what I can control. That's all I'm going to try to do."
While Lynn prepares for his first run through the early Major League season, Sunday marks Wolf's 14th season in the bigs. The left-hander has been reliable in Milwaukee -- posting 13 wins, making 33 and 34 starts and pitching more than 210 innings in each of the past two years -- and said he's confident heading into the season because of how he's been throwing his curveball.
"My curveball stunk last year," Wolf said. "I didn't have it until May. ... It's a lot different [this] year. That's a huge pitch for me."
Wolf pitched against the Cardinals five times during the regular season a year ago, but the last time he faced St. Louis was in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, when he held the eventual World Series champions to two runs on six hits in seven innings.
Cardinals: Greene's turn
Tyler Greene is expected to start at second base Sunday against the left-handed Wolf, Greene's first of the season after Daniel Descalso started the season's first three games. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny plans to give Greene most of the starts at second base against lefties, at least initially, as Greene and Descalso split time.
Lynn struggled in his first start last season, allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Giants. He rebounded nicely his next time out, throwing five innings of one-run ball against the Astros.
Brewers: Ramirez among greats
Aramis Ramirez's next home run will be his 313th as a third baseman, putting him in sole possession of eighth place on the all-time list at the position. He's currently tied with Ron Cey, with 312.
Saturday's win was Zack Greinke's 12th straight at Miller Park, the longest home winning streak by a Brewers starter in team history. Greinke is 12-0 with a 2.91 ERA in 16 home starts since becoming a Brewer.
Wolf is 8-8 with a 3.91 ERA in 19 career starts against the Cardinals.
Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran is a .297 (11-for-37) career hitter, with three home runs and four doubles against Wolf.
Brewers closer John Axford has converted 43 straight saves, the longest active streak in the Majors.
The Brewers' next win against the Cardinals will be their 100th against their division rival. The Cardinals lead the all-time series, 122-99.