Pre-Gamin’: Cubs v. Pirates (12:35 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc.

pnc parkThere’s been a little rain and a little snow, but, right now, it looks like Opening Day is going to go off for the Cubs and Pirates as scheduled. Jeff Samardzija will do his best to hold the Pirates down, and Brent Lillibridge will do his best Darwin Barney impression.

A.J. Burnett takes the ball for the Pirates, and he’s actually had relatively good luck against most of the Cubs over the years.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (0-0) at Pittsburgh Pirates (0-0), 12:35 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Jeff Samardzija (0-0, -.– ERA)


A.J. Burnett (0-0, -.– ERA)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Starling Marte, LF

2. Garrett Jones, RF

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

5. Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6. Neil Walker, 2B

7. Russell Martin, C

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. A.J. Burnett, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Luis Valbuena, 3B

8. Brent Lillibridge, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

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89 responses to “Pre-Gamin’: Cubs v. Pirates (12:35 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc.”

  1. North Side Irish

    Good day to be working from home…

  2. Dude

    I’ve been waiting so many months to see this Pre-Gamin’. Let’s get some runs!!

  3. cedlandrum

    Wow I hadn’t been paying attention but Jackie Bradley Jr. is starting for the Red Sox today. He was drafted in 2011 after an injury plagued college year. He went in the supplemental 1st round.

  4. BD

    When I read the Cubs lineup from the top, I am pretty pumped by the time I get to Soriano in the clean-up spot. And then there are 4 guys who should all be hitting in the eight spot, or sitting on the bench. Oy.

    1. kmr1453

      Who, on the current roster, would you have playing instead of those four?

    2. Noah

      I think you (and a lot of other people) are underrating Nate Schierholtz against right handed pitching. While I’m not saying Schierholtz is someone you’d love to have batting fifth, he’s better than bottom of the order fodder.

  5. HoustonTransplant

    It’s about time! GO, CUBS!

    Here’s to unrealistic expectations and extremely high optimism! YAY!

    1. forlines

      DAMN RIGHT! It’s our year…. or next year is. haha GO CUBBIES!

  6. Richp

    Hey,Hey,holy mackeral,no doubt about it the Cubs are on their way! Opening day is finally here!!!!

  7. npnovak

    Why does Walker never hit 2nd for the Pirates? He seems like a much better option there than Jones at least

    1. kmr1453

      I agree, Jones should be hitting 5th.

  8. North Side Irish

    Joe Sheehan ‏@joe_sheehan 23m
    Possible Francona starter kit. RT @MRubio52 what do you think of Sveum? Too small/tainted a sample?

    I think this is a compliment…

  9. EB

    Let’s go Cubbies!!

  10. Patrick W.

    I have my MLB app for Kindle Fire up and running. Great day for America.

  11. wvcubsfan

    Next year is here

    1. DarthHater

      Oh yeah? Well, wait’ll the year after that!

      1. wvcubsfan

        why should this one be any different than all the others before?

  12. Dave


  13. Freshness21

    Castro looking very Jerome Walton-esc so far this year…

  14. Freshness21


  15. Rebuilding

    Wow, that was crushed!

  16. North Side Irish

    Bomb. McCutcheon didn’t even move.

  17. EQ76


  18. Koyie Hill Sucks

    Single by castro and home run by Rizzo hopefully a sign of things to come this year!!!!!!!!!

  19. Alex

    We might be a shit team but that’s gonna be a fun 2-3 to watch

  20. EQ76

    Castro’s on pace for 500 hits and Rizzo for at least 162 HRS!!!

  21. KidCubbie

    Fantasy points!

  22. Bilbo161

    Way to cover the error Jeff.

  23. North Side Irish

    Marlon Byrd already 50% of the way to matching his 2012 RBI total for the Cubs…

  24. North Side Irish

    That Valbuena at bat made me miss Ian Stewart. At least with Stewart we could have blamed it on his wrist.

  25. Matty Ice

    Lilibridge F@#king sucks

  26. Mike

    Same ol’ same ol: can’t hit with runners in scoring position (Valbuena and Lillibridge). I’m guessing a record of 65-97.

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