St. Louis Cardinals: Games you have to go to in 2016

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The Best Match-Ups

These are the games you have to go to just to see the Cardinals pitted up against a fierce rival like the Cubs/Pirates or a hot upstart team that will be a fierce National League pennant rival for the Cardinals in 2016.

April 18th-20th Cubs @ Cardinals

The fierce rivalry will get to a start on April 18th when the Cubs come to St. Louis for the first time in 2016. This will be a marquee match up that could very well be the cheapest Cubs series all season long being that it goes from Monday-Wednesday in early April. This series won’t win the division but a sweep at the hands of the Cubs early in the season could spell trouble for the Cardinals.

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However, it is pretty obvious that this series will be a big one and that the eyes of everyone in the league will be watching.

May 6th-8th Pirates @ Cardinals

This will be the first matchup of the first and second place teams in the Central Division in 2015. By this time we will have a good barometer for how the two teams are playing and what could be expected from this point on. It will be important for the Cardinals to stake claim to their division crown by handling the Pirates early on, much like they did last season.

May 20th-22nd Diamondbacks @ Cardinals

You want star power? You got it! You want familiarity and former Cardinals? You got it. This will be the first time the Cardinals come up against the new look Arizona Diamondbacks. In this series, Cardinals’ fans will get a look at Arizona’s new uniforms and their new look rotation that includes Zack Greinke and former Cardinals’ pitcher and top prospect Shelby Miller.

This will not only have interesting things to see. It will be a good gauge for how the Cardinals stack up against one of the best teams in the National League, as Tony Larussa’s Diamondbacks (still sounds weird) seem to be a force to be reckoned with in 2016.

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Summation

All of these games will be great games to attend in 2016, and will be games that I most definitely will be considering attending. I really look forward to some of those giveaways, as well as getting the chance to see the Cardinals for less than $20.

So, what games are you looking forward to this season?

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