The Chicago Cubs’ most anticipated opener in 12 years has finally arrived. Not since coming within five outs of the World Series in 2003 has there been such buzz around this franchise and the time for talk has come to an end. It’s time to play some baseball.
It’s no secret that the Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908. Cubs fans are reminded of that every spring and this year is certainly no different. Only this time around, the North Siders may actually be able to do something about it. The additions of Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and John Lackey have immensely improved a club that won 97 games a season ago and made their first playoff appearance since 2008, winning the Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and knocking off the St. Louis Cardinals in four games in the NLDS before being swept in the National League Championship Series by the New York Mets. The Cubs are looking to take that next step in 2016.
Jake Arrieta leads the Cubs’ pitching staff and will somehow attempt to repeat the dominating season he had a year ago while the Cubs’ lineup is just absolutely stacked. Adding Heyward and Zobrist to a roster that includes a returning Dexter Fowler, MVP candidate Anthony Rizzo, reigning NL Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Miguel Montero, Kyle Schwarber (depending on the day) and Jorge Soler makes it easy to see why many are picking the Cubs to finally go the distance in 2016. That all starts tonight in Anaheim.
Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s opener.
Chicago Cubs (0-0) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (0-0)
Time: 9:05 PM CT
Location: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
TV: ABC 7, ESPN 2
Radio: 670 The Score
Starting Pitchers: Jake Arrieta (0-0) vs Garrett Richards (0-0)