Joe Camporeale - USA Today Sports
Joe Camporeale - USA Today Sports

Cubs lineup vs. Pirates, Jon Lester to start


by - Senior Editor -

Happy Opening Day at Wrigley!

The Chicago Cubs (2-7) will finally play their home opener as they face the Pittsburgh Pirates (5-3) on Monday afternoon at 1:20 p.m. CDT at Wrigley Field.

How to watch: The game will be televised on MLB.TV, ATT SportsNet Pit, ABC 7 Chicago, and MLB Network (out-of-market only).

Feel free to visit CubsHQ.com during the game as we will have a live game thread covering the ballgame with one of our writers. If you haven't joined our 100% free site, register here. It takes only 30 seconds to get a full membership.

Lineup Observations: Ben Zobrist gets the start at right field while Jason Heyward is in center batting eighth. Daniel Descalso gets the start at second base instead of David Bote.

Cubs lineup vs. Pirates:

Ben Zobrist RF

Kris Bryant 3B

Anthony Rizzo 1B

Javier Baez SS

Kyle Schwarber LF

Willson Contreras C

Daniel Descalso 2B

Jason Heyward CF

Jon Lester P

Pitching matchup: Jon Lester (1-0, 3.00 ERA) will be on the mound for the Cubs against righty Jameson Taillon (0-1, 3.46 ERA). Lester could be the first Cubs pitcher to win the home opener and the road opener in the same year since Pete Alexander in 1922.

Pitching probables for Cubs-Pirates series:

Wednesday - Yu Darvish vs. Jordan Lyles

Thursday - Jose Quintana vs. Joe Musgrove

ICYMI -- Cubs home opener hype video:

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