Five Reasons Pittsburgh Pirates Should Fear Jeff Samardzija On Opening Day
April 1 will be the day we have all been waiting for since last October: Opening Day of baseball season.
The Chicago Cubs will start the 2013 season on the road at PNC Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates as they get clean start, hoping to erase the painful memory of last year's 101-loss season. This first series of the year will be just one of several games played between the two National League Central teams, as each club tries to prove that they are not the weakest in their division.
The Pirates took everyone by surprise last year by holding on to first place in the National League Central division for several months, whereas the Cubs hit a new low, losing 101 games.
But things will be different this year. Things will change for the Cubs on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. The Pirates should be worried about their opponent on Opening Day.
Why is that?
Because the Cubs have their ace pitcher Jeff Samardzija on the mound, a pitcher the Pirates have not fared well with in the past.
With Samardzija taking the mound for the first game of 2013, the Cubs have a good chance of starting the season off right with a win. The 29-year-old pitcher is coming off of a strong Spring Training where he earned an ERA of 3.51. If the rest of the team can back Samardzija up with offense and defense, the Cubs should be almost guaranteed a win every fifth day.
April 1 will be the day the Cubs get back on track, and Samardzija will do his best to help.