Pirates and Cubs snowed-out/Cubs home opener today

Pirates and Cubs snowed-out/Cubs home opener today

A series against the Pittsburgh Pirates was scheduled to begin on April 9 at Wrigley Field but snow forced the teams to postpone the game. The Pirates will give the starting nod to 31-year old right-hander Ivan Nova, and 28-year old right-hander Tyler Chatwood will take the mound for the Cubs. It covered the seats on the lower level and the playing surface at Wrigley Field in a scene more reminiscent of December than April.

The Cubs have a 5-4 record on the 2018 season but those have all been road games.

Meanwhile, the Cubs are 20-8 in their last 28 during game one of a series and 36-15 in their last 51 home games following a road trip of seven or more days.

"It's rough out there", reliever Steve Cishek said. "But at the same time, I know some guys in the bullpen probably, like myself, could use an extra day off just to heal up a little bit and be ready for tomorrow".

The Cubs' new-look bullpen has shined so far.

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"It's just something that gradually happens", Rizzo said.

However, Joe Maddon would like to see a change from Rizzo in terms of how he goes about his pregame routine. "Been limiting the free passes for the most part, and just really going in with a lot of confidence". Who would have thought a week into the season that Pittsburgh would sit atop the National League Central standings at 7-2?

Chatwood allowed one earned run, six walks and four hits in six innings in his first start against Cincinnat while striking out four.

The Chicago Cubs have pushed back the scheduled start time for their home opener because of a steady snowfall over Wrigley Field. Much of that scoring came without All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who has been out of the Cubs' lineup with a back injury. He has been sidelined by back tightness, but he might be able to play in the rescheduled home opener. I think the first game we played 4 2/3 (innings) and ended up having that one canceled.

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