ST. LOUIS - When the Cardinals and Marlins opened Marlins Park in 2012, Kyle Lohse started for St. Louis, Rafael Furcal led off and Jason Motte finished the 4-1 victory. None of the three will be suiting up in Miami this weekend.
But if you think the Cardinals will bring a different look into the three-game series, check the Marlins. Six of the eight position players who started the 2012 season opener have been traded. Three starting pitchers also have been moved, the manager -- remember Ozzie Guillen -- fired and payroll slashed.
Not surprisingly, attendance has plummeted, too. Average attendance has dropped from 13th best in the majors (27,400) last year to 26th-worst. Unbelievably, the Marlins' average crowd of 17,399 is smaller than what the team averaged in any of its final three years playing at the football stadium.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, are second in attendance (40,950) as well as first in a lot of statistical categories. The disparity in the teams' statistical ran...