The Cubs Rangers game at Wrigley Field tonight has been officially postponed. If you are not in the Chicago area or just have not looked out a window today, it was because of the day long onslaught of rain the area has been receiving with no let up in sight. The series finale is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, and with the weather not looking to improve tomorrow, there are no plans to immediately make up tonight’s game with a double header.
With the new schedule format, this is the only time the Cubs and Rangers will play all year. One option could be to just not play the game, but at least the Rangers plan on being playoff contenders. With the addition of the second Wild Card and how playoff spots have not been clinched until the final week of a season in recent years, this may be a game that is made up at the end of the season. Besides, the claim of being revenue strapped as an argument to push for Wrigley renovations would figure to have Cubs ownership getting all 81 of their home dates played for the sake of ticket sales and concession stand profits.
May 14, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Cubs grounds crew unrolls a tarp over the infield after a rain delay was called during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports
On the field though, one less game would mean a fractionally better chance that the Cubs do not lose 100 games for the second straight season. Even the North Siders couldn’t lose a game that isn’t even played.