The Chicago Cubs' home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates has been postponed due to inclement weather in the Chicago area. The complete-game mastery was Pittsburgh's first since Ivan Nova - who will pitch Monday against the Cubs - shut out the Marlins last April. With AP Photos.The Chicago Cubs have pushed back the scheduled start time for their home opener because of a steady snowfall over Wrigley Field.
Their pitching staff owns a 4.62 team ERA, positioning them 21st in the Major Leagues.
Chicago will be bringing out RHP Tyler Chatwood on Monday. "I looked at the (weather) map and looked at (Tuesday) being an open date with a much better forecast, so I thought it would be the prudent thing, and we did it". He struck out four and has held Pittsburgh, posting a 1.50 ERA in two career starts versus the Buccos. This will be the third "home opener" the Pirates have played in.
The Pirates are just 1-7 in Nova's last eight starts and are 5-16 in his last 21 road outings.
But the next signs that there would be no baseball came when a group of Cubs players, led by relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr., started throwing snowballs instead of baseballs.
The Cubs will be without All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday.
But the Cubs initially weren't so quick to call the game off.
"We've got a lot of guys with a lot of good stuff", Morrow said.
Tuesday's scheduled off-day would have provided Rizzo with an extra day of rest before potentially returning Wednesday. They finished a six-game home stand with four wins and two losses, capped by Jameson Taillon's complete game one-hitter in Sunday's finale against the Reds.
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.
But without the benefit of an off-day Tuesday, Pittsburgh will take the field for 13 straight days and 26 of the next 27.