The saying goes that they don't put your spring training averages on your bubblegum cards. If they did, David Freese and Rafael Furcal would have enjoyed the gum more, and that's saying something for anybody who has had that particular chewing experience.

Third baseman Freese, the World Series most valuable player for the Cardinals in 2011, hit .188 in spring training and Furcal, the "happy flight" guy, batted .192.

As of today, both are hitting .600 after each had three of the Cardinals' 13 hits in a 4-1 opening-night victory Wednesday over the Miami Marlins at new Marlins Park.

Freese, slowed by ankle problems for the last several years, even beat out an infield hit. "I hit it soft enough," he said. "I think I wasted my only one on the season on opening night."