Obviously, there's no morning recap of last night's deluge; what you may or may not have seen on ESPN (I'd tend to doubt it, as ESPN often misses these things) was the fact that even though the rain had briefly stopped, causing many in the remnant of the crowd that remained (I myself took off at 8:45, having checked the radar on my cellphone and saw huge blobs of red and yellow, indicating several more hours of rain after a brief break) to jeer the postponement announcement at 9:41, there were several large areas of standing water on the field. Even if it had stopped raining for good, the ground crew likely had an hour to an hour and a half of work to get the field into anything resembling playing shape.
Today's forecast doesn't look too promising, either:
So before we move on to today's game, let's look at the possibilities for making up last night's game. The two teams are both off next Monday, August 27, and Monday, September 10. The 9/10 date is out because both the Cubs and Cardinals will be in the middle of road trips and it would make no sense to have BOTH teams have to fly back to Chicago for a single game. Next Monday is a possibility -- it would likely have to be a night game, because the Cubs are returning from Arizona after Sunday's 3:40 pm CT start, and thus would likely not be back in Chicago before midnight. However, playing next Monday -- which, since this is the Cardinals' last visit to Chicago, requires MLBPA approval -- would force both the Cubs and Cardinals to play twenty-eight days in a row.
The team websites have slightly different thoughts on this.
"I wouldn't say off-days are sacred, but I think a lot of guys would rather play a game on an off-day than play a doubleheader this late in the season," Cubs reliever Scott Eyre said.
Both teams have Aug. 27 and Sept. 10 off. The Cubs and Cardinals are already playing a doubleheader Sept. 15 in St. Louis to make up the April 29 game postponed by the death of St. Louis pitcher Josh Hancock.
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Ted Lilly lost to St. Louis on April 20 at Wrigley Field, though he gave up only two ER in 7 IP, and beat them in St. Louis last month, giving them only one run in 7 IP. Juan Encarnacion has gone 7-for-14 in his career vs. Lilly.
Here is today's Mediacenter link; the game is a cable-only telecast in both Chicago & St. Louis.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)
Discuss amongst yourselves.