Chicago Cubs baseball has returned. Monday marks game 1 of the 162-game regular season for the Cubs. The Cubs open the season in Pittsburgh with a series against the Pirates.
The Cubs enter the 2014 season with a different mentality from their recent seasons. In the past two seasons, the front office has been geared towards ridding the team of aging veterans and acquiring long-term assets. The Cubs have been successful in doing that over the past two seasons and now the team is waiting for those acquired assets to make their way to the Major Leagues.
One of those assets has completed their journey. Third base prospect Mike Olt made the Cubs 25-man roster after an impressive showing in Spring Training. Olt will be the majority starter for the Cubs at the third base position, though, Luis Valbuena could see some starting time based on pitching matchups.
Samardzija is determined to prove in 2014 that he is a top of the line starting pitcher. With the Cubs last season, Samardzija posted an ERA of 4.34 to go along with a FIP of 3.77.
Liriano, who has been dealing with a groin injury during the Pirates camp, is coming off a solid 2013 season. With the Pirates in 2013, Liriano posted an ERA of 3.02 to go along with a FIP of 2.92. Liriano also won 16 games for the Pirates last season.
The Cubs are not expected to contend this season but there is a growing consensus that the team can be competitive. Meanwhile, the Pirates will likely be a part of the three-headed monster at the top of the National League Central division that includes the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals.
Here is the information for the Cubs opening day game against the Pirates.
Game Time: 12:05 p.m.
Television Information: ESPN, WGN
Radio Information: WGN Radio 720 AM
Live Stream: MLB.TV