Cubs' home opener put on hold

Preview: Brewers vs. Cubs

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The Pirates will benefit from missing Yu Darvish's turn in the rotation and the Cubs' offense had an uneven first week, but the Cubs possess one of the best lineups in the National League with three capable starting pitchers and a deep bullpen.

For Monday's matchup, the Pirates are bringing out RHP Ivan Nova. Chatwood was sharp in his Cubs debut, limiting the Reds to one run in six strong innings, however he received little run support and was charged with the loss. He struck out four and has held Pittsburgh, posting a 1.50 ERA in two career starts versus the Buccos.

On Tuesday, it will be Tyler Chatwood to start things off for the Cubs club, as first baseman Anthony Rizzo has missed the last three games due to stiffness in his back and wasn't scheduled to start on Monday. The seventh-year right-hander posted a subpar 4.69 ERA with the Rockies last season, however he did put up a solid 3.49 ERA on the road.

Roger Bossard, the head groundskeeper for the White Sox, said the Cubs had to deal with more than 3 inches of snow. Baez has enjoyed success against the Pirates, posting a.289 average with 17 RBI's in the last three seasons.

Over on the Cubs' side, they're fresh off a set versus the Brewers.

However, the team's batting average of.223 is fourth from the bottom.

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1-7 in Nova's last 8 starts. Two batters later, Thames tied with game with a homer to straightaway center off starter Kyle Hendricks.

The Cubs said they worked with Major League Baseball on whether to play Monday's game because of the special nature of opening day.

I am taking the Cubs in this one.

The Pirates' first real test awaits at Wrigley Field.

Nova was hit hard in his latest start, and the Pirates are swinging the bats well.

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.

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