Pre-Gamin': Pirates at Cubs (1:20 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Pirates at Cubs (1:20 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Today, the Chicago Cubs are making up yesterday’s snowed-out contest, and I’m happy to report the weather looks MUCH better this afternoon. Brett, Luis, and I will be sitting out in the right field bleachers, so come say hi and enjoy some baseball with us.

Tyler Chatwood is making his second start of the season today, and I’m particularly interested to see how it goes, because his first one was kind of a mixed bag. On the one hand, he allowed just one earned run on four hits over six innings (1.50 ERA), but on the other, he walked six while striking out four (4.74 FIP). He’s clearly got the stuff to succeed, but let’s hope he’s a little more accurate today.

The righty Ivan Nova is starting for the Pirates in this one, in what will be his third start of the year already. Nova has failed to complete six innings in each of his first two starts, and allowed a lot of damage (5H, 1BB, 5ER) in his most recent game against the Twins. For his career, Nova has been slightly worse against lefties than righties, but it’s not too big of a split. He’s always been hittable, the Cubs just have to prove it.

Alright, FINALLY it’s time for the home opener. See you there.


Game Info

Chicago Cubs (5-4) at Pittsburgh Pirates (7-2) – 1:20 CT on ABC-7, MLBN (out-of-market only), 670 The Score, WRTO 1200

Game Thread and Series Preview

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun today.

Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Tyler Chatwood (R): 1.50 ERA, 4.74 FIP; 0.67 K/BB


Pirates: Ivan Nova (R): 6.10 ERA, 4.13 FIP; 1.75 K/BB

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup:

  1. Josh Harrison, 3B
  2. Gregory Polanco, RF
  3. Starling Marte, CF
  4. Josh Bell, 2B
  5. Corey Dickerson, LF
  6. Francisco Cervelli, C
  7. Colan Moran, 3B
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. Ivan Nova, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Ian Happ, CF
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Willson Contreras, C
  5. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  6. Addison Russell, SS
  7. Jason Heyward, RF
  8. Javier Baez, 2B
  9. Tyler Chatwood, P

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami