The Pirates are off to a hot start offensively, averaging seven runs per game, and the over is 5-1 in their last six games overall.
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.
Comcast entered into a new, multi-year technology and marketing partnership with baseball organisation Chicago Cubs that will provide WiFi, video and voice services at Wrigley Field and the team's surrounding properties, including the Cubs' new front office at 1101 W. Waveland. This will be the third "home opener" the Pirates have played in. He conceded 10 runs in 16.2 innings against the Cubs last season, and he owns a 2-1 record with a 4.09 ERA in 22 career innings against Chicago. He is 2-1 in four career starts against the Cubs.More news: Renewed trade tensions between U.S. and China send stocks lower
20-8 in their last 28 games in the first game of a series.
Meanwhile, Tyler Chatwood will make his second start of the season and his Wrigley Field debut for the Cubs on Monday. The Cubs tried pushing back the scheduled start time by an hour, but the snow persisted. Much of the scoring output has come with All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo out of the lineup with a back injury. He allowed two runs in his first start against Minnesota and did not walk a batter, then threw the one-hitter Sunday against Cincinnati.
Coverage on the Brewers radio Network begins with the pregame show at 5:30 1st pitch at 6:05. I think the first game we played 4 2/3 (innings) and ended up having that one canceled. Rizzo was to have been re-evaluated Tuesday morning before the Cubs determined it best to place him on the DL.More news: IPL 2018, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match Preview
Temperatures in Chicago are not expected to change dramatically until Wednesday, meaning the Pirates will continue to play in wintry conditions for at least another day.
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