Cubs Home Opener Postponed Due To Snow

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As of this writing, 70% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cubs to beat the Pirates on the money line. It opened the season with a 5-4 road trip to Miami, Cincinnati and Milwaukee.

"It's definitely important to me", Rizzo said of Monday's game against the Pirates at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was scheduled to begin at 1:20 p.m. Monday, but the team is now hoping to start at 2:20 p.m. It could easily go either way but I'm leading toward the Pirates here. "[Taillon] gave them a nice blueprint to follow moving forward".

By late morning, the decision was made to push the Cubs' Wrigley Field debut to Tuesday, which was originally scheduled for an off-day in the three-game series between the National League Central rivals.

20-8 in their last 28 games in the first game of a series.

The Cubs have had to place first baseman Anthony Rizzo on the 10-day disabled list. It was beginning to look a lot more like a December Bears' game rather than the Cubs' home opener in April. He has been sidelined by back tightness, but he might be able to play in the rescheduled home opener.

"You want to get it in. I can't play tomorrow and set myself back 10 days or 5-6 days".

"It's just something that gradually happens", Rizzo said. Chatwood was sharp in his Cubs debut, limiting the Reds to one run in six strong innings, however he received little run support and was charged with the loss.

Chicago will be bringing out RHP Tyler Chatwood on Monday.

Nine games into the season, Maddon isn't ready to take any chances.

"My biggest thing with him is that I want him to do less before games", Maddon said.

Maddon is a big proponent of giving players rest - like "American Legion Week" - and is always calling for his guys to reduce the amount of batting practice and other stuff they have to do on a daily basis. Chatwood allowed one earned run, four hits and six walks in six innings in his first start against Cincinnati while striking out four.

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