After another weather-forced postponement, the Chicago Cubs open a now two-game set against the rival St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday at Wrigley Field.
For the second time in as many days, Mother Nature stopped baseball from taking place at Wrigley Field. After the finale against Atlanta was pushed till next month, the series opener between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals was lost – to be played in July as a day-night doubleheader at the Confines.
Chicago (7-7) gets a big boost – and perhaps a bit of an edge – in the postponement. First baseman Anthony Rizzo missed the last week or so with a back injury. He is expected back for Tuesday’s opener. But the postponed opener gives him another day of rest – also keeping him off the diamond in cold, snowy conditions.
As for their opponent, St. Louis (9-7) turns to veteran Adam Wainwright in Tuesday’s opener – looking to keep their division rival on the ropes in April. Will the right-hander be up to the challenge or will the Cubs’ bats build on their improbable win Saturday for a series-opening victory?