The Chicago Cubs host their 101st Wrigley Field opener as the Cincinnati Reds come to town for the first time since 1999.
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will host their 101st home opener at Wrigley Field as the Cincinnati Reds come to town for a three-game series. The Cubs (5-1) and surprising Reds (5-1) are tied atop the Central division asJon Lester
(1-0, 1.29) will pitch the season opener at Wrigley for the second straight year.Brandon Finnegan
(0-0, 3.00) gets the start for the Reds who come off a series win against the Pittsburg Pirates.
The Cubs offense will get Dexter Fowler back as he didn’t start in the finale of the Diamondbacks’ series but did pinch-hit late in the game. Fowler is batting .526 to start the year and has once again been a catalyst at the top of the order. Jason Heyward is the only Cubs player in the starting lineup that has faced Finnegan and has had just one at-bat.
Lester’s ability to stop the running game will once again be tested as Billy Hamilton will look to get on and press the issue. Hamilton (.800 in five at-bats) and Brandon Phillips (.417 in 12 at-bats) have had the most success against the southpaw Lester.
On another note, the Cubs finally got a chance to see their new digs when they got back late last night. Needless to say, I’m jealous just looking at it via video–and slightly upset I didn’t make a better effort to be a major leaguer. Yeah, I’m 36–but David Ross is still there, it was possible…er, not, It’s still awesome.
And now the starting lineups for tonight’s 101st opener at Wrigley Field:
Tonight’s game has a first pitch of 7:05 p.m. CT. WGN will have the television coverage while 670 The Score will have the radio broadcast. Be sure to follow along with us on Twitter @CubbiesCrib as we live tweet during tonight’s opener.