Adam Wainwright begins earning his newfound wealth on Monday.
The right-hander will be on the mound in his third opening-day start when the St. Louis Cardinals face the remodeled Arizona Diamondbacks, who for the second year in a row will open with Ian Kennedy.
Wainwright's start comes four days after he agreed to contract that guarantees him $109.5 million over the next six seasons. Last year, Wainwright was 14-13 with a 3.94 ERA after missing all of the team's 2011 championship season because of elbow surgery.
'' He's the full package of the guy you look for in your ace,'' St. Louis right-hander Jake Westbrook said. ''He has all those qualities. We are going to feed off of him and go from there.''
Wainwright leads a St. Louis team that, as always, begins with high expectations. The Cardinals fully expect to supply Wainwright and the rest of their pitching staff with plenty of run support.
''I think we've been very good over the past two years,'' said first baseman Allen Craig...