Lysowski's three keys for Pirates vs. Cubs

Lysowski's three keys for Pirates vs. Cubs

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The Pirates are 4-1 in their last five during game one of a series and 9-4 in their last 13 Monday games. Check back later Monday for a potential update on the scheduled starters for the make-up game.

Chicago is the last major league team to hold its home opener.

"On the way out I had no idea if I was going to Cubs Convention or opening day", Chicago manager Joe Maddon cracked. "I looked at the (weather) map and looked at (Tuesday) being an open date with a much better forecast, so I thought it would be the prudent thing, and we did it". The team is now hoping to start at 2:20 p.m.

Tyler Chatwood will make his second start of the season, aiming for his first win as a member of the Cubs. He allowed two runs in his first start against Minnesota and did not walk a batter, then threw the one-hitter Sunday against Cincinnati. They still haven't played at home. Kris Bryant is 1 for 7 against Nova, while Anthony Rizzo is 3 for 8, and Wilson Contreras is 2 for 5.

About 6 miles south of Wrigley Field at the time the game was called, the Chicago White Sox were warming up to begin a 3-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays as flurries covered the stadium seats.




The game was initially delayed an hour Monday, before finally being canceled.

"It's just something that gradually happens", Rizzo said.

Tuesday's scheduled off-day would have provided Rizzo with an extra day of rest before potentially returning Wednesday. The Cubs played their first nine games of the regular season on the road.

At least the Pirates are hot.

Williams suggested holding on for another three days in Chicago might be worth waiting for as Pittsburgh's next road trip will be a warm one.

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