Anthony Rizzo (back) remains out of Cubs' lineup for home opener

Anthony Rizzo (back) remains out of Cubs' lineup for home opener

Anthony Rizzo (back) remains out of Cubs' lineup for home opener

With the Cubs finally set to return home after an 11-day road trip to begin the 2018 campaign, Rizzo really hopes to be able to take the field for the first game at Wrigley, but not at the risk of a setback.

Crews used shovels, tarps and even leaf blowers to try and clear Wrigley Field.

At first, the Cubs postponed their game by one hour to 2:20 p.m.

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.

The National Weather Service predicted more snow or rain on Monday afternoon, but only a few tenths of an inch accumulation.

Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova is expected to move back one day to start the series opener, and Maddon said Tyler Chatwood would go for 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. Furthermore, the Cubs were able to have some success against Nova last season, scoring 10 runs in 16 innings, and Nova struggled at Wrigley Field last season, serving up seven runs in 9.2 innings spread across two starts.

"It's rough out there", reliever Steve Cishek said.

The Cubs' bullpen recorded an ERA of 4.15 against the Pirates a year ago.

Brandon Morrow pitched a flawless ninth for his second save. "Everything I'm hearing from him and the trainers is that he's doing. better, so I don't think we're far off", he said.

Pittsburgh is off to a surprising 7-2 start.

The Pirates have won three of their last four games SU. Much of that scoring came without All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who has been out of the Cubs' lineup with a back injury. They still haven't played at home.

Mets 3, Nationals 2 • Asdrubal Cabrera hit an RBI double and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, helping visiting NY win despite Bryce Harper's fifth homer.

"Honestly, at this point, I'm not overtly concerned", Maddon said. "When you are at the 3, 3½ level. they made the right call".

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