Opening Day: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs (0-0, T-1st in NL Central) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (0-0, T-1st in NL Central)

Probable Starters:

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

50x50_t470A.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.

50x50_t470Andrew 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.

50x50_t470The Pirates have won five of their last six Opening Day games with their only loss being last season to the Philadelphia Phillies.