Chicago Cubs Vs Pittsburgh Pirates: Pre-Game Notes, Lineup, and TV Info


The Chicago Cubs probably will not have a lot of viewership from the Chicago land area today for their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. That is because today marks the start of the regular season for the Chicago Bears and the rest of the National Football League. For the latest information on the Bears, head over to Bear Goggles On.

September 4, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Chris Rusin (18) pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

But lets talk about the Cubs once more. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija was brilliant once again on Saturday Night in his last start of the season. Samardzija earned a complete game victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday as the starting pitcher allowed 3 runs on 4 hits while pitching the Cubs to a 4 to 3 victory over the Pirates on Saturday.

Chris Rusin takes the mound for the Cubs on Sunday as the starting pitcher attempts to make his case for a rotation spot for the 2013 season.

Broadcast Information:

  • Television: WGN
  • Radio: WGN Radio 720 AM
  • Game Time: 12:35 PM

Starting Lineup

  1. Joe Mather, Center Field
  2. Darwin Barney, Second Base
  3. Anthony Rizzo, First Base
  4. Alfonso Soriano, Left Field
  5. Starlin Castro, Shortstop
  6. Josh Vitters, Third Base
  7. Dave Sappelt, Right Field
  8. Anthony Recker, Catcher
  9. Chris Rusin, Starting Pitcher

Pre-Game Notes

  • The Cubs are going with a traditional Sunday lineup, however, Vitters, Sappelt, and Recker are in the starting lineup. Those three players all could be candidates for a roster spot in 2013. The Cubs’ third baseman for the 2013 season is up in the air, and Vitters has an outside chance at claiming the position. It seems more likely, however, that Vitters will begin the season with the Iowa Cubs. Dave Sappelt could make the 2013 roster as a reserve outfielder once you consider the fact that Bryan LaHair and Joe Mather likely will not return to the team next season. Recker could very well be in a position to compete with Steve Clevenger for a spot on the Cubs’ roster next season as a backup to Welington Castillo.