Chicago Cubs (0-0, T-1st in NL Central) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (0-0, T-1st in NL Central)
CHC – Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
PIT – A.J. Burnett (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
“Now we play games that mean something. It’s time to go.” – A.J. Burnett
A.J. Burnett for the first time in his career will take the mound on Opening Day. He went 2-1 with a 1.40 ERA in three starts against the Cubs last season.
Andrew McCutchen (3 for 10) and Russell Martin (1 for 1) are the only two players in the Pirates’ starting lineup with career batting averages of .300 or above against Cubs’ starter Jeff Samardzija.
The Pirates have won five of their last six Opening Day games with their only loss being last season to the Philadelphia Phillies.