Time: 2:20 PM CST
TV: ABC 7 Chicago, MLB Network
Radio: 670 the Score
Tyler Chatwood SP
Ivan Nova SP
I think I’m the high man on the planet for the Pirates. I don’t hate that lineup – not sure there’s an all-star on it but it is pretty deep, with nobody so bad that you feel there is a free out to be had. There’s a lot of value in having a low-variance lineup, where you can feel that you can consistently score a few runs. I’m not sure the Pirates are better than the Cardinals or the Brewers (in fact, I’m very sure they aren’t), but if you told me that they’d have a better record than one of them I wouldn’t be shocked at all.
Of course, that pitching staff is horrible (though with some upside). The Cubs will dodge the staff ace (Taillon) and today they get Nova, who is almost the definition of a league-average pitcher. He’s a pitch to contact guy who should be helped by the extreme frigidity of today’s game.
Tyler Chatwood is going to have to not walk a shitload of batters today. Free passes are going to be backbreakers in a game that figures to have almost no offense due to course conditions. Saying that, prepare for an 8-6 game or something.