Cubs Home Opener Postponed Due To Snow

Darvish pitching during Saturday's fourth inning

Darvish pitching during Saturday's fourth inning

The Cubs have a 5-4 record on the 2018 season but those have all been road games. It opened the season with a 5-4 road trip to Miami, Cincinnati and Milwaukee.

About 6 miles south of Wrigley Field at the time the game was called, the Chicago White Sox were warming up to begin a 3-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays as flurries covered the stadium seats. While they posted only a trio of runs in their 3-0 win over the Brewers on Sunday, the Cubs produced 20 runs in their four-game series against Milwaukee.

The Cubs tried to clear a couple inches of snow from the field before Monday's scheduled 1:20 p.m. start, even turning on the sprinklers in an effort to melt the snow. As of Sunday, he was considered doubtful for Monday's series opener against the Pirates.

Rizzo experienced tightness in his back on Friday, which forced him to miss the weekend. Much of the scoring output has come with All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo out of the lineup with a back injury. Chatwood was sharp in his Cubs debut, limiting the Reds to one run in six strong innings, however he received little run support and was charged with the loss.

"I woke up and saw everything going on", Maddon told reporters Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Nine games into the season, Maddon isn't ready to take any chances.

Maddon is a big proponent of giving players rest - like "American Legion Week" - and is always calling for his guys to reduce the amount of batting practice and other stuff they have to do on a daily basis.

"Well, he's from SC", manager Joe Maddon said of Edwards.

The Chicago Cubs have pushed back the scheduled start time for their home opener because of a steady snowfall over Wrigley Field. Chatwood is 0-0 in two career starts against Pittsburgh with a 1.50 ERA.

Chatwood allowed one earned run, six walks and four hits in six innings in his first start against Cincinnat while striking out four.

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