Pirates day game postponed due to snow at Wrigley

The wild inning that saved Cubs fans a whole lot of panicking as told in Tweets

Thousands of fans headed back to Wrigley Field for the Cubs' postponed home opener against the Pirates.

After Monday's scheduled game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was initially delayed by an hour, continuing snow flurries throughout the morning and a snow-covered field prompted players to engage in snowball fights rather than preparing to play. Who would have thought a week into the season that Pittsburgh would sit atop the National League Central standings at 7-2?

Though they aren't playing Monday, Cubs players managed to make the best of their situation as they took to Wrigley's snowy diamond for a little snow-day fun. 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 Sunday, he was considered doubtful for Monday's series opener against the Pirates. 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.

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. In his two starts this year and 10.1 innings, Nova has a 6.10 ERA with seven Ks.

The Chicago Cubs have pushed back the scheduled start time for their home opener because of a steady snowfall over Wrigley Field. He is 2-1 in four career starts against the Cubs.




The Cubs said they worked with Major League Baseball on whether to play Monday's game because of the special nature of opening day. Much of the scoring output has come with All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo out of the lineup with a back injury. The key here will be the pitching matchup and how long each starter lasts.

Rizzo said he's gradually felt better since Friday.

But without the benefit of an off-day Tuesday, Pittsburgh will take the field for 13 straight days and 26 of the next 27.

But cold weather or not, the Pirates will look to stay hot.

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

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