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Chicago Cubs: Rain brings a much needed night off for the Cubs

May 8, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; General view of Coors Field during a weather delay before the game between the Chicago Cubs against the Colorado Rockies. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; General view of Coors Field during a weather delay before the game between the Chicago Cubs against the Colorado Rockies. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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It’s been a rough 24 hours for the Chicago Cubs. So the best thing that may have happened to them was the postponed game against the Colorado Rockies tonight. It means they’ll be playing two tomorrow, but many of these guys could use some sleep.

After some hail, lightning and a thunderstorm, the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies decided it would be better to play a doubleheader tomorrow than try and play tonight. I can’t speak personally for the Cubs, but all I can say is “thank goodness.”

With Javier Baez taking a ball off his foot, and Anthony Rizzo taking a fastball to the forearm–the Cubs could use some rest. After finishing the game up late, they arrived in Colorado at 5 a.m. MST. Joe Maddon may have put it best when talking to reporters in Denver.

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Bruised but not broken

Rizzo and Baez very well could have used a nightcap after both were battered and bruised following the 18 inning marathon against the Yankees. Baez fouled one of the top of his foot before going deep in that same at-bat. But it was obvious that throughout the night he was hobbling on it from time to time.

And Rizzo got the game-tying RBI in the ninth–but he had to earn it in the most painful way possible. He took an Aroldis Chapman fastball to the forearm to tie the game. Not really how you want to break a slump. But the good news is the MRI came back clean and showed no fracture. So other than being sore, Rizzo will be ready to go.

The Cubs will also give Jason Heyward some time as he was placed on the 10-day DL, retroactive to 5/6. Heyward is dealing with a sprained finger on his right hand. With the new 10-day DL, it made sense for Heyward to go on it. It allowed the Cubs to bring up Dylan Floro, another pitcher that can provide some temporary depth in the pen.

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The Cubs will play a doubleheader tomorrow against the Rockies. The first game will be at 2:10 p.m. CT, with the second being at it’s regularly scheduled time. Pitching matchups will stay the same as Jake Arrieta will take the ball in game one, and John Lackey in game two.

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