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Take Two: Cubs Prepare For Postponed Home Opener

11 April 2018

Snow falls at Wrigley Field on the morning of Chicago's home opener baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Chicago. After first pushing back the game an hour, the Cubs ultimately chose to postpone until Tuesday afternoon, which was a day off in the schedule for just such an eventuality.

The Cubs have pitched well overall, and their team ERA of 2.59 is second in the National League to the New York Mets' mark of 2.40.

Though they aren't playing Monday, Cubs players managed to make the best of their situation as they took to Wrigley's snowy diamond for a little snow-day fun. Before the game, Loyola's men's basketball team shared the spotlight and the beloved Sister Jean tossed out a ceremonial first pitch. They still haven't played at home. Chatwood has limited the Pirates to only two runs in 12 career innings, and he was sharp in his Cubs debut, holding Cincinnati to one run on four hits in six innings. In his two starts last week, Taillon allowed two earned runs over 14-1/3rd innings. The key here will be the pitching matchup and how long each starter lasts.

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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. Much of that scoring came without All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who has been out of the Cubs' lineup with a back injury.

Players made the most of the snow delay on Monday, having a snowball on the field before heading back into the warmth of the clubhouse.

Temperatures in Chicago are not expected to change dramatically until Wednesday, meaning the Pirates will continue to play in wintry conditions for at least another day.

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Williams suggested holding on for another three days in Chicago might be worth waiting for as Pittsburgh's next road trip will be a warm one.

"They had more snow, so I get it", Bossard said.

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Take Two: Cubs Prepare For Postponed Home Opener