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Jack Flaherty is entering the 2021 season in style -- while honoring some Cardinals legends.

The Cards ace posted to his Instagram story Tuesday afternoon showing off a brand new pair of cleats, with one shoe paying homage to Bob Gibson and the other to Lou Brock -- a pair of baseball Hall of Famers and Cardinals icons who passed away in 2020.

On the instep of the left cleat, which features Gibson, is a depiction of the St. Louis arch, surrounding the Cards logo. On the right cleat, opposite the Brock homage is a mural of other Black baseball legends, including several other Cardinals.

“Anyway you can honor those two Cardinal legends, especially with something that one of my buddies and I -- we talked about what can we do for at least for Opening Day and for the season -- that was something we came up with to honor both of them,” Flaherty said on Wednesday. “Just absolute legends, Cardinal legends, baseball legends, and it came out great. It's going to be fun to wear them.”

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The Reds and Cardinals don't get to ease into the 2021 edition of their National League Central division rivalry. It begins right away with Opening Day on Thursday at Great American Ball Park.

The last time the two teams met on Opening Day was 2014. St. Louis took a 1-0 victory as Adam Wainwright and Johnny Cueto dueled for seven innings. The clubs also met in 2010, when Albert Pujols sent the Reds to an 11-6 loss with a pair of home runs.

Fans will be welcomed back to GABP for the first time since 2019, although at a reduced capacity of 30 percent. That means roughly 12,000 fans will be in attendance with the hope of some normalcy returning after the 2020 season.

First pitch for the 2021 opener is set for Thursday at 4:10 p.m. ET/3:10 p.m. CT, broadcast live on Bally Sports Ohio and Bally Sports Midwest, along with MLB.TV, and on the airwaves on 700 WLW/Reds Radio Network and KMOX/Cardinals Radio Network, as well as MLB Audio.

Flaherty will be making his second consecutive Opening Day start, joining Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean and three other Cardinals to have multiple opener nods before turning 26. Flaherty will be looking to move past a disappointing 2020 season that saw him amass a 4.91 ERA through several stops and starts. The righty turned it on down the stretch and looked rather crisp, though results were modest. The Cards have full faith in Flaherty -- who faces the question of a long-term extension -- to be their ace once again, and it all starts on Thursday.

Luis Castillo will be making his second Opening Day start for the Reds and his first since 2019. Over 12 starts in 2020, Castillo was 4-6 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.23 WHIP, though he finished the season on a high note, going 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA in his final five starts. One of those was huge for the Reds, against the Cardinals on Sept. 11. at Busch Stadium, when Castillo threw a two-hit complete game for a 3-1 victory. It began a stretch during which Cincinnati won 12 of its final 16 games to make the playoffs. Castillo has one of the most formidable changeups in the Majors, and he will likely use it the majority of the time to put away Cardinals hitters.
Any injuries of note?

Cardinals: Several. Harrison Bader (right forearm soreness) is the only projected Opening Day starter who’s sidelined, and he’s likely out until the beginning of May, but two Cards starting pitchers will miss their first few turns through the rotation. Kwang Hyun Kim (back soreness) is slated to miss 2-3 starts, and Miles Mikolas (right shoulder) is eyeing late April-early May. After surgery kept him out of the 2020 season, Mikolas hasn’t faced live hitters since Feb. 25 -- the only time he did so this spring.

Reds: Rotation members Sonny Gray (back) and Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder) are on the injured list. Outfielder Shogo Akiyama is also on the IL because of a left hamstring strain. Senzel was bothered at the end of camp by a left groin strain but appears ready to go. Antone has been bothered by hip and groin issues much of the latter portion of camp.
Anything else fans might want to know?

• Though he’s not pitching on Thursday, Wainwright will be embarking on his 16th season in a Cardinals uniform. What’s more, he and batterymate Molina are chasing history, just 33 starts behind sole possession of third all-time in regular-season starter-catcher batteries, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Though almost everything has to go right to hit that mark, they can rest assured they need just 10 starts to pass Don Drysdale and Johnny Roseboro for fourth all-time. They’ll get their first chance in the second game of this series on Saturday.

• For the 37-year-old Votto, the longest-tenured member of the Reds, this will be his 13th consecutive Opening Day with the club since 2008.

• The Cardinals will look to make it 14 consecutive winning seasons starting Thursday -- a flashy mark Arenado admitted was emblematic of why he elected to waive his no-trade clause to join St. Louis. All told, the Cards have just one season below .500 this millennium.

• India will be the first Reds second baseman to make his Major League debut on Opening Day since Pete Rose in 1963.

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