Chicago Cubs brace for cold, Pittsburgh Pirates in home opener

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The Cubs will have their home opener tomorrow against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

At first, the Cubs postponed their game by one hour to 2:20 p.m. After first pushing back the game an hour, the Cubs ultimately made a decision to postpone until Tuesday afternoon, which was a day off in the schedule for just such an eventuality. At the same time, you got to be smart. "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".

Wacha gained his first win as he allowed two runs over five innings.

While it was an impressive start from Quintana, it was the bullpen that continues to carry the load in the back half of games. But one could argue they've faced two of the worst teams in baseball to start the season.

Cubs: RHP Tyler Chatwood (0-1) gets the ball for the home opener.

When the Cubs play their first home game of the 2018 season, they may do so without star first basemen Anthony Rizzo.

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Regardless, he praised his side's performances over the season and the first half performance against arch rivals United. That was without Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus on the pitch.

Celis went 4-for-5 with three runs, while Mallens gave up four hits while striking out eight and walking two.

This isn't an ideal start for a team that hopes to challenge the Cubs again in the division.

Rizzo (back) may remain out of the lineup Monday against the Pirates, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Rizzo, who has missed three straight games, told reporters on Sunday he wants to play in the Cubs' Wrigley debut but that he has to consider the long term. Chicago is also 35-16 in their last 51 Monday games and the under is 10-3-2 in their last 15 Monday games. Their latest win came courtesy of Jameson Taillon, who dominated the struggling Cincinnati Reds on Sunday while allowing just one hit and picking up the first shutout of his career in a 5-0 Bucs' victory.

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. "I think we can get through the weekend, and then I think we might be in good shape on Monday", he said.

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