Chicago Cubs brace for cold, Pittsburgh Pirates in home opener

Chicago Cubs brace for cold, Pittsburgh Pirates in home opener

Chicago Cubs brace for cold, Pittsburgh Pirates in home opener

The Chicago Cubs will head home to Wrigley Field for their home opener in a divisional battle against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday afternoon. The Pirates are off to a hot start offensively, averaging seven runs per game, and the over is 5-1 in their last six games overall.

The Cubs tried to clear a couple inches of snow from the field before Monday's scheduled 1:20 p.m. start, even turning on the sprinklers in an effort to melt the snow. Tuesday was previously scheduled as an off day.

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Although the home opener brings a special type of excitement to Wrigley Field, reliever Carl Edwards Jr. didn't seem to bummed that the team wouldn't be playing in 30-degree weather. "We'll get a better game in tomorrow". It began the season with a 5-4 road trip to Miami, Cincinnati and Milwaukee.

Rizzo experienced tightness in his back on Friday, which forced him to miss the weekend.

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However, Joe Maddon would like to see a change from Rizzo in terms of how he goes about his pregame routine. Guys are getting quick outs and strikeouts when they need to.

Players made the most of the snow delay on Monday, having a snowball on the field before heading back into the warmth of the clubhouse. They still haven't played at home.

The Cubs have had to place first baseman Anthony Rizzo on the 10-day disabled list. Chatwood allowed one earned run, four hits and six walks in six innings in his first start against Cincinnati while striking out four.

Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova is expected to move back one day to start the series opener, and Maddon said Tyler Chatwood would go for the Cubs.

"Honestly, at this point, I'm not overtly concerned", Maddon said.

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