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Pirates and Cubs snowed-out/Cubs home opener today

11 April, 2018, 12:45 | Author: Greg Wolfe
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He gutted it out through Thursday's game, but it was tight again Friday, so he opted to take a seat over the weekend and play it safe.

Although it cancelled the game, snow didn't dampen Cubs fans spirit as many spent the day in local bars and a few even ventured into "enemy territory" to watch the Sox play.

Gregory Polanco is enjoying a solid start to the season, sporting a.280 average with two home runs and 11 RBI's. While they posted only a trio of runs in their 3-0 win over the Brewers on Sunday, the Cubs produced 20 runs in their four-game series against Milwaukee. It could easily go either way but I'm leading toward the Pirates here. Check back later Monday for a potential update on the scheduled starters for the make-up game. He has been sidelined by back tightness, but he might be able to play in the rescheduled home opener. Much of the scoring output has come with All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo out of the lineup with a back injury. "It's just we have to get the field clear - obviously you don't want anyone to slip and fall". I expect the Cubs offense to get back on track against Nova as they belted five homers in 16.2 innings against him last season, and the over is 5-1 in Nova's last six starts on four days of rest.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters he would rather sit Rizzo on Monday with an off day coming Tuesday than to make matters worse.

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"We've got a lot of guys with a lot of good stuff", Morrow said.

Nine games into the season, Maddon isn't ready to take any chances. Chatwood has limited the Pirates to only two runs in 12 career innings, and he was sharp in his Cubs debut, holding Cincinnati to one run on four hits in six innings. Chatwood is 0-0 in two career starts against Pittsburgh with a 1.50 ERA.

Tyler Chatwood (0-1, 1.50 ERA) will make his second start of the season and his Cubs' Wrigley Field debut.

"Anytime you're dealing with a back, obviously you never know", Maddon said, according to the Sun-Times.

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