Opening Day 2016 – Cubs @ Angels – 7:05pm PT

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Chicago Cubs (2015: 97-65, 3rd NL Central) @ Los Angeles Angels (2015: 85-77, 3rd AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 72F, Wind WSW 6mph

Pitching Matchup:

Jake Arrieta (2015: 22-6, 1.77 ERA, NL Cy Young Award)

Jake Arrieta delivers a pitch during Game 2 of the 2015 NLCS at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Jake Arrieta delivers a pitch during Game 2 of the 2015 NLCS at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Jake Arrieta, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner will take the ball tonight for the Cubs and be looking to continue on his stellar 2015 campaign. This will be Arrieta’s 2nd career Opening Day start, and 1st for the Cubs. He also made an Opening Day start in 2012 for Baltimore.

~VS~

Garrett Richards (2015: 15-12, 3.65 ERA)

Garrett Richards delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 30, 2015 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Garrett Richards delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 30, 2015 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Garrett Richards will be making his first career Opening Day start this evening, breaking a streak of six consecutive Opening Day starts by Jered Weaver for the Angels. Richards will be looking to build on a positive 2015 campaign, during most of which he was simply trying to get his feel back after his devastating knee injury in August of 2014.

Starting Lineups

Chicago

  1. CF-Dexter Fowler
  2. RF-Jason Heyward
  3. 2B-Ben Zobrist
  4. 1B-Anthony Rizzo
  5. 3B-Kris Bryant
  6. LF-Kyle Schwarber
  7. DH-Jorge Soler
  8. C-Miguel Montero
  9. SS-Addison Russell

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar
  2. LF-Daniel Nava
  3. CF-Mike Trout
  4. DH-Albert Pujols
  5. RF-Kole Calhoun
  6. 1B-C.J. Cron
  7. SS-Andrelton Simmons
  8. C-Carlos Perez
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella

Other AL West Matchups

  • Houston @ N.Y. Yankees – Postponed (rain)
  • Seattle 2, Texas 3 – F
  • Chicago White Sox @ Oakland – 7:05pm PT

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