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After getting shutout on Saturday afternoon, A.J. Burnett will take the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies to try to sweep the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs` offensive woes have been well-documented in the first several games, but the pitching has certainly kicked off the year well with a 2.45 ERA thus far.
Even though he made a couple (unsuccessful) outings in Pittsburgh, Carlos Villanueva (0-2, 13.50 ERA) will indeed get the start today against the Phillies, looking to continue a strong performance from Cubs starters, and he will be opposed by Burnett (0-0, 1.50 ERA). Burnett was fantastic for Pittsburgh last year even as a pitcher in his late 30s, and will be a very difficult task for the light-hitting Cubs today.
Luis Valbuena is once again at third base today against the right-hander while Mike Olt sits against another righty.
Game Time: 1:20 p.m. CST
Here`s how the two squads will line up: