Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres Game One, Wednesday 4/20, 1:20 CT: Day-Night Doubleheaders Are Great!

Fans of the Chicago Cubs are dressed as if it is a day in December in order to ward off the cold at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. This scene is likely what it'll look like this afternoon and evening. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Well, actually, that headline isn't true. No one likes day/night doubleheaders, not players, not broadcasters, not writers, not other team employees; they pretty much assure a 14-16 hour day at work for all of those people. The game times today may shorten that -- a little -- and that's only if either or both games don't go into extra innings.

Regarding the Cubs' telling people who had tickets for yesterday's rainout that they must use them for the makeup game tonight or they're out of luck, coincidentally, there is an identical situation in St. Louis -- the Cardinals also got rained out of their game vs. the Nationals last night and are playing a split doubleheader, with the makeup game being this afternoon. The Cardinals announced a much more fan-friendly policy for ticket holders for the postponed game. They can use them for the makeup game, AND:

In addition, fans with Tuesday tickets will also receive a voucher for complimentary admission to another Monday-through-Thursday game in 2011. Fans who purchased tickets at Busch Stadium ticket windows or Cardinals Clubhouse stores will need to present their tickets dated Tuesday, April 19, at the Busch Stadium ticket windows in order to receive the complimentary voucher.

The bottom line is that many who had tickets to last night's game may not be able to make it tonight, for various reasons. Not giving those fans something in exchange for the money they've already paid is, in my opinion, not a fan-friendly policy. The Cubs ought to reconsider.

Cubs lineup for game 1:

Castro SS, Barney 2B, Byrd CF, Ramirez 3B, Pena 1B, Soriano LF, Colvin RF, Soto C, Garza P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Matt Garza
Matt Garza
Cubs
vs. Dustin Moseley
Dustin Moseley
Padres
0-2 W-L 0-3
6.27 ERA 1.83
25 SO 4
5 BB 6
0 HR 1
vs. SD -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Matt Garza 0-2 3 3 0 0 0 0 18.2 27 13 13 0 5 25 6.27 1.71


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Dustin Moseley 0-3 3 3 0 0 0 0 19.2 19 5 4 1 6 4 1.83 1.27

No one has yet homered this year off Matt Garza; Garza has had a very odd start to his season, giving up lots of singles (and runs), and his 25 K rank fifth in the NL, but all the pitchers ahead of him have more innings pitched. Garza's only career game vs. the Padres was June 24, 2010 in interleague play. He threw eight solid innings and struck out five, with no walks. About half the Padres who played in that game aren't on the team any more; the only Padre who has more than five career AB vs. Garza is Jorge Cantu, who is 2-for-13.

Dustin Moseley signed with the Padres as a free agent after several years in the AL with the Yankees and Angels. He has never faced the Cubs; the only current Cub who has more than one plate appearance against him is Marlon Byrd, who is 2-for-7. Moseley's winless record comes from the fact that the Padres have been shut out in all three of his starts so far this year. Let's keep that going tonight.

This game is on CSN Chicago. It's also on "4 San Diego", a local cable channel there. It is again listed on EI's list of games, so if you have that service, you should be able to see it. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Padres site Gaslamp Ball.

Here's how the threads today will work. Today's first game pitch thread will be up at 1:15 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm and 4 pm CDT. There will be a game preview for the night game which will post at 5 pm CDT -- whether game one is over or not. It will contain info on threads for the night game. If you need more overflows due to rain delays or extra innings, post them in the fanshot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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